News – Prevent

13/07/2021: Hate incidents / Prevent: How schools can deal with extremism

Devon and Cornwall Police are working with partners to create a number of webinars to support schools in dealing with emerging issues across our Force area. The 45-60 minute webinars will be hosted online, via Microsoft Teams, the week commencing 12th July 2021 and are aimed to support and offer advice to safeguarding leads.

03/07/2021: Facebook tests extremist content warning messages

Facebook is testing a feature in the US that asks users if they are worried somebody they know is becoming an extremist. Other users may also receive an alert saying they may have been exposed to extremist content. The trial messages are part of Facebook’s Redirect Initiative which aims to combat extremism. The pop-ups redirect users to a support page.

02/07/2021: Most social workers ‘lack confidence’ in working with children at risk of radicalisation, finds DfE report

Study identifies challenges in identifying and addressing radicalisation because of practitioners’ lack of experience, and calls for more training and guidance and moots expansion of specialist roles. Most social workers lack confidence in working with children at risk of radicalisation because of their lack of experience, according to a report commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE).

30/06/2021: Safeguarding and radicalisation: learning from children’s social care Research report

This report presents findings from exploratory research commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) in order to update their understanding of how radicalisation is being addressed in children’s social care. The research took place between September 2020 and March 2021. It draws together and builds on learning across the children’s social care sector and key partners in relation to managing cases of radicalisation and extremism.

28/06/2021: Muslim boy, 11, who told his class he wanted to give ‘alms’ to the needy is reported to anti-terror watchdog after his teacher thought he said ‘arms’

An 11-year-old Muslim schoolboy who told his class that he wanted to give charity to the needy was referred to controversial anti-terrorism watchdog Prevent after his teacher mistook the word ‘alms’ for ‘arms’. A legal challenge lodged by the parents against the school states that his teacher had asked the class what they would do if they inherited a large sum of money.

28/06/2021: Schoolboy set up far-right chat group and encouraged terrorist attacks, court hears

A 14-year-old schoolboy from Derbyshire set up a far-right chat group which encouraged fellow teenagers to launch terrorist attacks, a court has heard. The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, set up and managed the channel on messaging app Telegram. The channel was said to be of an extreme right-wing and “openly racist nature” and the youth boasted online that his criminal record would be cleared when he reached 18.

22/03/2021: Neo-Nazi group targeting children as young as 14 during coronavirus lockdown

An international neo-Nazi group is targeting British teenagers as young as 14 for recruitment during the coronavirus lockdown, a report has found, as record numbers of children are arrested for terrorism offences. The National Partisan Movement (NPM) runs online channels where members “regularly express antisemitism, Holocaust denial and support for mass murderers”.

09/03/2021: Naomi Klein: ‘We shouldn’t be surprised that kids are radicalised’

With How to Change Everything, the activist has written her first book for young people. She explains how she has been inspired by a new, very young generation of protesters.

14/02/2021: How far right uses video games and tech to lure and radicalise teenage recruits

After a 13-year-old was sentenced last week, a young victim of radicalisation talks about how white supremacists target children. John was 15 when a member of his Facebook group volunteered to become Britain’s “first white suicide bomber”. Another advocated attending Friday prayers at the local mosque and “slaying people where they stood”. Another wanted to firebomb the place of worship.

08/02/2021: UK’s youngest terror offender walks free from court after recruiting for neo-Nazi group

The UK’s youngest known terror offender has walked free from court after recruiting members for a neo-Nazi group. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 13 when he committed his first offence and became part of an international online network of far-right extremists. He admitted 12 terror offences, including the dissemination and possession of documents on making explosives, guns and weapons.

21/12/2020: Lockdown blamed as more under-18s held for terror offences in UK

The number of children being arrested for terrorism offences is rising as the pandemic creates a climate for lonely young people to be drawn in, police have warned. A total of 17 under-18s were arrested in the year to September 2020 compared with 11 in the year to September 2019, police have said.

17/11/2020: Sharp rise in children investigated over far-right links – including youngsters under 10

Children under the age of 10 in the UK are being investigated over their links to far-right extremism, Sky News has found. Home Office figures show a dramatic rise in the number of under-18s referred to the government’s counter-terrorism programme Channel over concerns about their possible involvement with the far-right. A total of 682 children were referred for this reason in 2017-18, compared with 131 in 2014-15 – a more than five-fold increase, according to figures obtained through a freedom of information request.

17/11/2020: ‘The enemy in our minds was Islam’: Why boy, 14, joined the far-right – and how he escaped

What you’re about to read will be difficult to stomach. It involves a boy called John who at just 14 was lied to and manipulated into holding abhorrent and racist views. I first met John at the end of October in a draughty room in a former warehouse to interview him. He’s a polite, confident young man – I’d even goes as far to say he’s sweet.

23/09/2020: Children showing interest in extremism, says senior officer

Children as young as 13 are talking about committing acts of terrorism, against a backdrop of rising extremism during the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has warned. Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Neil Basu told MPs on the home affairs select committee that counter-terrorism networks had not recorded a rise in terrorism-related material during the coronavirus outbreak, but interest in extremism was on the rise.

13/08/2020: DfE to commission review of children’s services’ approach to tackling radicalisation

The Department for Education (DfE) is to commission a review of the ways in which children’s services are responding to radicalisation and extremism among young people. Tender documents published this month seek applicants to conduct research within 10 English local authorities, updating on a 2016 safeguarding and radicalisation evaluation, which found divergent views around the extent to which extremism presents a safeguarding risk.

20/05/2020: ‘Schools need more support to tackle extremist views’

With young people spending more time online and extreme groups using the pandemic to sow division, teachers must be better supported to handle a rise in extremism. The Covid-19 pandemic has plunged us all into a new and disruptive reality, and for many, the dominant emotion is fear: fear of contagion, fear for loved ones, fear of economic hardship, fear of unemployment. Historically, fear caused by chaos and devastation has led to scapegoating of particular groups.

12/03/2020: Teenager charged with encouraging far-right terror attacks and making indecent images of children

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with encouraging far-right terror attacks and possessing a hoard of terrorist material. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with a total of 14 terror offences and two counts of making an indecent photograph of a child. He was arrested in south-west London in June and charged on Wednesday following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police’s counter terrorism command.

20/11/2019: 16-year-old neo-Nazi, is convicted of preparing terror acts after drafting ‘guerrilla warfare’ manifesto

A 16-year-old neo-Nazi who listed venues in his home city ‘worth attacking’ was today convicted of preparing to commit terrorist acts. The boy drafted his own manifesto entitled A Manual For Practical And Sensible Guerrilla Warfare Against The Kike System In The Durham City Area, Sieg Heil.Targets in Durham such as schools, pubs, council buildings and post offices were identified in the first chapter, Areas To Attack, to ‘maximise the impact of the attacks and damage the system the most’.

19/08/2019: How I stopped my teenager being recruited online

A mother expressed her concern about extremist content poisoning the minds of boys as they use the internet, in a post that went viral. She thinks there are warning signs parents should heed. In an age where anyone can access just about anything on the internet, white boys in the US seem particularly at risk from dangerous radicalisation online. Many mass shooting suspects in the US have three things in common: They are young, white and male.

: Home Office Prevent Learning

This offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves. A link to the prevent duty guidance is available at the end of this e-Learning.