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Radicalism: Young People

Question for Home Office

UIN 903298, tabled on 21 January 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to help tackle extremism in British young people.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

1 February 2016

Extremism poses a serious threat to this country including our young people. The Government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy aims to tackle extremism in all its forms and takes action in four areas:

• Countering extremist ideology;

• Building a partnership with all those opposed to extremism;

• Disrupting extremists; and

• Building more cohesive communities

We have a responsibility to protect our young people from extremist views and build a safe environment priotising the safeguarding of children. That is why our local networks work with schools to help children know how to identify extremist narratives online [P.15 Strategy Q&A pack].

We also have a responsibility to protect our young people from extremist views in school. That is why since 1 July 2015 all schools have been required to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. To widen the protection of school children further we are consulting on a new system for registering and inspecting supplementary schools, to protect children and young people from harm, including exposure to extremist views. We have also launched ‘Educate Against Hate’, a new resource to provide parents and teachers with practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

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