One in six people placed on the UK Government’s intensive de-radicalisation scheme refuse to co-operate, Home Office figures show.
Some 63 people withdrew from the scheme, known as Channel, in 2015-16 – despite concerns about their ideology.
Figures also suggest a third of all referrals to the wider Prevent counter-extremism programme – 7,631 in 2015-16 – came from the education sector.
Of those referrals, only 381 went on to receive specialist help, even though 1,072 individuals caused such alarm they were assessed for inclusion in Channel, the government’s intensive de-radicalisation programme.
Dr Usama Hasan, head of Islamic Studies at the counter-extremism organisation Quilliam, said it was not surprising there had been lots of “false” referrals.
She said: “This is a new duty on schools and a lot of teachers are worried that if they miss somebody, they could lose their job for missing a potential terrorist.”
Approximately 65% of the Prevent referrals related to Islamist/jihadist extremism and 10% concerned right-wing extremism; no left wing extremism referrals were mentioned in their report.
These concerning figures recognise that radicalisation within the UK is a growing issue, and programmes such as Prevent are doing little to slow the increase in radicalisation.