ITV Good Morning Britain visits the Peace Centre to discuss the ‘Channel’ programme
October 8, 2015 | Nick Taylor
Today (Thursday 8 October 2015), the National Police Chiefs’ Council reports that eight people a day were referred to the government’s de-radicalisation scheme known as “Channel” during this summer.
You can watch the programme for a limited time by clicking ITV Good Morning Britain – the article starts at 11 minutes and 16 seconds into the playback – 06:13 in real time.
Between June and August, 796 people in England and Wales were reported to the programme for possible intervention. A third of the total, 312, were aged under 18.
People identified as at risk of being drawn into terrorism are assessed and about a fifth of these are required to attend de-radicalisation sessions.
There were 327 referrals in June, 349 in July, and 120 in August when schools broke up for the summer.
There were more referrals over this period than for the whole of 2012-13 – the first year the scheme was rolled out nationally.
It is more than double the level of referrals recorded in the first three months of 2014-15.
Find out more about the Channel Programme: click here to read the Channel Duty Guidance that sets out to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism.
Home Office Security Minister John Hayes said: “As a country, we have a duty to challenge, at every turn, the twisted narrative that has corrupted some of our vulnerable young people.
“Since Channel was rolled out nationally in April 2012, there have been over 4,000 referrals and hundreds of people at risk of being drawn into terrorism have been provided with support.
“Referrals to Channel have increased, but only a small percentage of these go on to require specialist intervention support.
“We have dedicated sufficient resources to the programme to cope with demand and we will keep this position under close review.”
ITV Good Morning Britain led their programme with news of the report and broadcast live from the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Warrington. Kelly Simcock, the Foundation’s Director of Commissions spoke from the Peace Centre to discuss the findings of the report and the actions that are being taken in the prevention of radicalisation, extremism that can lead to violent action.