News – Prevent

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.

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