A three-year-old child from London is one of hundreds of young people who have been tipped as potential future radicals and extremists.
A child aged just three is among hundreds identified as being at risk of radicalisation, it emerged today.
A project set up by the Home Office in the UK after the 7/7 bombings has reported a sharp rise in the number of youngsters being referred including dozens under the age of 12.
Evening standards reports that since rolled out nationally in 2012, the progra focused on hundreds of young people in London who have been tipped as potential future radicals and extremists. The three-year-old in the programme is from the borough of Tower Hamlets, and was a member of a family group that had been showing suspect behaviour.
Ministers have promised to challenge the ‘twisted narrative that has corrupted some of our vulnerable young people’.
Security Minister John Hayes said: ‘As a country, we have a duty to challenge, at every turn, the twisted narrative that has corrupted some of our vulnerable young people.
‘Since Channel was rolled out nationally in April 2012, there have been over 4,000 referrals and hundreds of people at risk of being drawn into violent extremism have been provided with support.
‘Referrals to Channel have increased since 2014 but we have dedicated sufficient resources to the programme to cope with demand. We will keep this position under close review.’
Since September 2014, 400 under 18s, including teenagers and children, have been referred to the scheme.
Resource: World Bulletin, July 28, 2015