Statistics Pertaining To Children Who Are Deemed At Risk Of Radicalisation

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Dear Department for Education,

We would like to be informed of any statistics pertaining to children who are deemed at risk of radicalisation or who are deemed to be displaying behavior conducive to radicalisation. In particular

1. How many children have been removed from their parents resulting from this in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and from 1st Jan 2014 to date. How many of each of these cases resulted in permanent removal, temporary removal or removal wherein the final decision is still suspended yet to be determined if they will be returned to their parents/guardians. Can the data be broken down to specify the numbers of such cases within i. different ethnicities e.g. white, somali etc ii. different religions iii.The type of radicalising influence e.g. far right, Islamist extremism etc

2. How many children are/were being monitored (but have not been removed from guardians) that are considered to be at risk of radicalisation in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and from 1st Jan 2014 to date. Can the data be broken down to specify the numbers of such cases within i. different ethnicities e.g. white, somali etc ii. different religions iii.The type of radicalising influence e.g. far right, Islamist extremism etc

3. Can we have statistics on where the referrals came from i.e. which individuals/institutions flagged up these children as a concern e.g schools, police, friends or family of the child, another government department or internally from other relevant work social services was already doing with the family.

4. How many children have been referred to social services under this category of risk of radicalisation in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and from 1st Jan 2014 to date. How many of these children were deemed to be under no such risk after investigation.

Regards
Claystone Associates

Department for Education

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0036204.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Mr/Ms XXXX,
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 9 May 2014. You requested: 
We would like to be informed of any statistics pertaining to children who are deemed at risk of
radicalisation or who are deemed to be displaying behavior conducive to radicalisation. In
particular

1. How many children have been removed from their parents resulting from this in 2010, 2011,
2012, 2013 and from 1st Jan 2014 to date. How many of each of these cases resulted in permanent
removal, temporary removal or removal wherein the final decision is still suspended yet to be
determined if they will be returned to their parents/guardians. Can the data be broken down to
specify the numbers of such cases within i. different ethnicities e.g. white, somali etc ii.
different religions iii.The type of radicalising influence e.g. far right, Islamist extremism
etc

2. How many children are/were being monitored (but have not been removed from guardians) that
are considered to be at risk of radicalisation in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and from 1st Jan 2014
to date. Can the data be broken down to specify the numbers of such cases within i. different
ethnicities e.g. white, somali etc ii. different religions iii.The type of radicalising
influence e.g. far right, Islamist extremism etc

3. Can we have statistics on where the referrals came from i.e. which individuals/institutions
flagged up these children as a concern e.g schools, police, friends or family of the child,
another government department or internally from other relevant work social services was already
doing with the family.

4. How many children have been referred to social services under this category of risk of
radicalisation in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and from 1st Jan 2014 to date. How many of these
children were deemed to be under no such risk after investigation.

Following a search of the Department’s paper and electronic records, I have established that the
information you requested is not held by this Department.

Please note that the Department does hold data on looked after children, which is available at
[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio....
The data is broken down by the reasons children are looked after, however the subset of data you
have requested is not collected.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the
reference number above in any future communications.

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Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0036204. If you need to respond to
us, please visit: [2]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Angela

Angela Jansen
Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division
[3][email address]
[4]www.gov.uk/dfe

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Dear Department for Education,

Dear Angela Jansen,

I tried to call today but was informed that it is DFE policy that all FOI communication must be in written form. Thus I'm having to respond in this way.

1. Can you confirm if this is true? Its just that some quick clarifications would be much easier done over the phone.

Thank you for the documents sent to me. A brief look indicates that data on looked after children resulting from radicalisation concerns must be subsumed under one of the following categories:

Socially unacceptable behaviour 2%
Family dysfunction 15%
Abuse or neglect 62%

2. Do you know which one?

From what I understand "Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division" of the DFE was setup in 2010 under the government’s Prevent strategy, and works to ensure that children and young people are safeguarded from extremist views in or out of school hours.

I'm hoping therefore that you must be the best person to advise who holds 'any' data pertaining to children cared for because of concerns relating to extremism/radicalisation.

3. Please advise where we can find any data relating to this matter.

Yours faithfully,

A. Claystone

Department for Education

Dear Mr/Ms Claystone

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0039235.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you for your email received on 23 May. Your email was as follows:
I tried to call today but was informed that it is DFE policy that all
FOI communication must be in written form. Thus I'm having to respond in
this way.

1. Can you confirm if this is true? Its just that some quick
clarifications would be much easier done over the phone.

Thank you for the documents sent to me. A brief look indicates that data
on looked after children resulting from radicalisation concerns must be
subsumed under one of the following categories:

Socially unacceptable behaviour 2%
Family dysfunction 15%
Abuse or neglect 62%

2. Do you know which one?

From what I understand "Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division" of
the DFE was setup in 2010 under the government’s Prevent strategy, and
works to ensure that children and young people are safeguarded from
extremist views in or out of school hours.

I'm hoping therefore that you must be the best person to advise who
holds 'any' data pertaining to children cared for because of concerns
relating to extremism/radicalisation.

3. Please advise where we can find any data relating to this matter.

Please note that this response is normal business and has not been handled
within the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In regards to your query regarding FOI communication, I can confirm that
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 stipulates that requests should be
submitted in writing.

In regards to your query regarding which category contains data on
children who are looked after resulting from radicalisation concerns, the
Department for Education does not collect data specifically on children
who are looked after as a result of radicalisation concerns. Therefore I
am unable to speculate as to which category may or may not contain the
information you have requested.

In regards to your query regarding where you may be able to find any data
pertaining to children cared for because of concerns relating to
extremism/radicalisation, we would suggest that you ask all local
authorities directly as more detailed reasons of why children have come
into care will be kept by them.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0039235. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[1]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Angela

Angela Jansen
Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division
[2][email address]
[3]www.gov.uk/dfe

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Dear Department for Education,

Thank you for your response.

Can you inform us of the purpose and remit of the 'Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division' of the DfE please?

We ask this so as to understand why this division does not have any information or data on problems relating to radicalisation of children in the UK.

Yours faithfully,

A. Claystone

Department for Education

Dear Mr and Mrs Claystone,
Thank you for your email received 16 June 2014 regarding the Due Diligence
and Counter Extremism Division.
The Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division (previously known as the
Preventing Extremism Unit) was established in October 2010 and was the
first counter extremism division in government outside of the Home Office.
The Division’s aim is to ensure that children and young people in England
are safeguarded from extremists and extremist views in schools or in out
of school hours learning, and prevent young people from becoming
radicalised or acting on extreme views. The division is comprised of civil
servants with support from specialists who have expertise in security
matters.

The division has the following objectives:

In education:

* Deliver on the education commitments in the Prevent strategy, covering
all types of school and out of school provision.
* Work to ensure that children are safe to learn in a school environment
that is free from the influence of extremists. This includes due
diligence work to ensure that people with extremist views are not able
to establish or unduly influence schools.
* Respond quickly and effectively to concerns and take effective action
against extremist activity affecting schools / school age children.
* Work to ensure that children are safe from extreme influences in out
of school hours learning.

Across government:

* Lead the DfE contribution to the wider cross-Government Prevent agenda
and ensure that the wider counter terrorist agenda properly informs
thinking within DfE.
* Work with a range of external bodies contributing to preventing
extremism e.g. ACPO, Home Office, Ofsted.
* Support the imperative set out in the Government’s Prevent Strategy
that extremist ideology must be confronted in all its forms.

The Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division is actively involved in
working to ensure that children are protected from extremism in school and
in out-of-school-hours settings. However the Department does not collect
data on children who are taken into care as a result of extremism
concerns. As mentioned in previous correspondence, local authorities are
most likely to hold detailed reasons of why children come into care.

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0043465. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[1]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Jansen

Angela Jansen
Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division
[2][email address]
[3]www.gov.uk/dfe

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Dear Department for Education,

Thank you for your reply. Given the remit of your department there must be an evidence base that suggests there is a problem of radicalisation and extremism amongst young people. Essentially we are seeking to understand the scale of the phenomena of extremism/radicalisation amongst young people.

Can you please inform us of the data your department holds?

This will help us focus our question better?

Kind Regards,
A. Claystone

Dear Department for Education,
please response to my last question which was

"Given the remit of your department there
must be an evidence base that suggests there is a problem of
radicalisation and extremism amongst young people. Essentially we
are seeking to understand the scale of the phenomena of
extremism/radicalisation amongst young people.

Can you please inform us of the data your department holds?

This will help us focus our question better?"

Yours faithfully,

A. Claystone

Department for Education

Dear Mr and Mrs Claystone

Thank you for your recent enquiry. A reply will be sent to you as soon as possible. For information; the departmental standard for correspondence received is that responses should be sent within 20 working days as you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0054747.

Thank you

Department for Education
Ministerial and Public Communications Division
Tel: 0370 000 2288

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Department for Education

Dear Mr and Mrs Claystone,
Thank you for your emails received 15 July 2014 and 4 August 2014
regarding the Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division at the
Department for Education.
The Department Education holds evidence and data on a wide range of issues
that pertain to children and young people in England, including extremism
and radicalisation.

As I hope you can appreciate, it would be impossible for me to list every
piece of relevant data and evidence held by the Department for Education.
If you are interested in the information held by the Department, we
would encourage you to beging looking at the publically available data,
statistics and evidence online at:

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Your correspondence has been allocated reference number 2014/0050287. If
you need to respond to us, please visit:
[2]www.education.gov.uk/contactus, and quote your reference number.

Yours sincerely,

Angela Jansen

Angela Jansen
Due Diligence and Counter Extremism Division
[3][email address]
[4]www.gov.uk/dfe

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