Home Office figures show a dramatic rise in the number of under-18s referred to the government’s counterterrorism program Channel over concerns about their possible involvement with the far-right.
总共 682 children were referred for this reason in 2017-18, compared with 131 在 2014-15 — a more than five-fold increase, according to figures obtained through a freedom of information request.
The total for 2017-18 includes 24 以下年龄段的儿童 10.
For the first time since the data has been recorded, there was an equal balance in the number of cases linked to the far-right and those linked to Islamic radicalization in the year up to March 2019.
Out of 5,738 referrals across all age groups, 1,404 (24%) were for concerns related to Islamist radicalization and 1,389 (24%) related to right-wing radicalization
The bulk of referrals, 62%, were related to young people up to the age of 20.