Schoolboys make up the highest proportion of people deemed by the government’s counter-terrorism programme to be most at risk of radicalisation, figures have revealed.

It is the first time that the education sector has made the highest number of referrals to the Prevent programme, replacing the police, which made 1,808 referrals, 28 per cent of the total. Boys aged under 15 made up 1,829 referrals, 29 per cent of the total.

They accounted for 37 per cent of Prevent referrals that were adopted as “channel cases”, which are those considered most at risk of becoming radicalised and turning to terrorism. Under-15s made up the largest proportion of all age groups adopted as channel cases.

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