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Only 5% of people referred to Prevent extremism scheme get specialist help

Nov 10, 2017 by

Home Office figures show 7,631 people were referred to programme in 2015-16 but only 381 received specialist support

Alan Travis –

Only 5% of the 7,631 people referred to the government’s Prevent counter-extremism programme in 2015-16 ended up in specialist support to turn them away from terrorism, official figures show.

New Home Office figures confirm that most referrals of people thought to be at risk of being drawn into terrorism are made by schools and colleges, with 2,539, or 33%, of all referrals. The police make the second highest number, with 2,377, or 31%, in 2015/16.

The detailed figures show that 2,127 children under 15 were referred to Prevent for extremist concerns in 2015/16, of whom 108 received specialist support through the Channel scheme.

Home Office officials cited the example of a nine-year-old London schoolboy who was referred to Prevent after he stood up in class and said he supported Isis and had watched execution videos after searching for them in the wake of the Paris attacks. After a year of support he had stopped watching the videos and had been successfully diverted away from extremism.

Two-thirds of those referred to Prevent were referred due to concerns about Islamic extremism, with 679, or 10%, referred for concerns about rightwing extremism.

 

Source: Only 5% of people referred to Prevent extremism scheme get specialist help | UK news | The Guardian

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