A child aged just three is among hundreds identified as being at risk of radicalisation, it emerged today.
With fears growing about children and teenagers being drawn into terrorism, a project set up by the Home Office in the wake of the 7/7 bombings has reported a sharp rise in the number of youngsters being referred including dozens under the age of 12.
Since it was rolled out nationwide in 2012, the youngest person involved has been a child aged three whose whole family was referred.
Ministers vowed to challenge the ‘twisted narrative that has corrupted some of our vulnerable young people’.
Officers from the Channel project have previously revealed how a child drawing bombs and guns or writing about wanting to be a suicide bomber can lead to a referral.
Between April 2012 and June 2014 a total of 834 under 18-year-olds were reported to Channel.
Around one in ten – 84 – were under 12, data from the National Police Chiefs Council ( NPCC) obtained by the Press Association shows.
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.