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Hundreds of children monitored in UK counter-terrorism programme

Following my recent article for Al Jazeera on the British government’s Prevent counter-extremism policy and its impact on Muslim communities, I have now obtained official tallies of the number of children identified through the Channel programme as being at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

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Click the image to see ACPO’s full response to my Freedom of Information request.

One-hundred-and-fifty-three children under the age of 12 and hundreds more under 18 have been referred into the programme since its inception in 2007, according to figures released to me via a Freedom of Information request to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).

The breakdown of figures shows that 690 children aged 12-15 and 554 aged 16-17 were referred up to January 2014. A further 2,196 people aged over 18 were also referred.

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