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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have received assistance from the Channel project for vulnerable individuals at risk of extremism since 1 January 2009; how many such people were under (a) 16 years and (b) 12 years old; how many such people were not Muslim; what evaluation of the outcomes of the programme has been undertaken; what proportion of people assisted by the Channel project were found to have been at risk of becoming violent extremists; and on what grounds such findings were made. [296635]

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[holding answer 2 November 2009]: We hold the following data on Channel which covers the period April 2007-December 2008:

Between April 2007-December 2008:

228 referrals were made to the Channel project

The known age range of those referred to Channel as potentially vulnerable to violent extremism and in need of multi-agency support was seven-50 years.

The majority of referrals were aged between 15-24 years;

Of those referred to Channel as potentially vulnerable to violent extremism and in need of multi-agency support 93 per cent. were male.

We will be publishing, shortly, a guidance document on Channel for partnerships. This document will include and reflect feedback and the implementation lessons learned from some of the longest running sites.

There is no single profile of a violent extremist. There are a range of factors and vulnerabilities that may facilitate the process of radicalisation. Delivering the Prevent Strategy: An Updated Guide for Local Partners includes a description of the factors that might make a person more susceptible to exploitation by violent extremists. These include: open support for violent extremist causes; possession of violent extremist material and behavioural change. Local partners work together and use their professional judgement to assess an individual’s vulnerability to being drawn in to violent extremism.

Referrals are made on the basis of this assessment.