More than 150 British children involved in family court cases about extremism

MORE than 150 British children have been part of family court cases involving radicalisation fears, a report has found.

Many of those that came before the courts in the past five years had extremist relatives – with home schooling blamed as a potential problem.

It comes as Shamima Begum was stripped of her British citizenship after fleeing Bethnal Green to join ISIS as a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

The study by the Henry Jackson Society, a think-tank, found judges have been inconsistent with how they deal with children at risk of radicalisation.

Some were put under travel restrictions, others made a ward of the court or put in the care of family members, but some ended with no action despite concerns raised.

With more than half the cases families had at least one member who had joined ISIS, while others had been influenced by Al Muhajiroun – the banned terror group previously lead by Anjem Choudary.

Children who had been home-schooled made up 38 per cent of the cases, indicating keeping kids from mainstream education made radicalisation easier.

One High Court battle found a woman who returned from Syria in 2017 was told she posed a serious threat to her daughter and found "too dangerous" to parent her.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, fled the Caliphate in 2017 – on arrival back in the UK she was immediately arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences.

But weeks later she was told the case against her had been dropped.


And another court case saw a judge discontinue the wardship of kids whose mum was stopped on the Syrian border carrying ISIS flags and extremist material.

The Independent reports the judge found the "burden of proof [that she was trying to get to ISIS] was not met".

Last night ISIS bride Shamima was stripped of her British citizenship after showing no remorse for joining the terror group.

The former Brit schoolgirl fled from her home in Bethnal Green, East London, as a 15-year-old to join Islamic State in 2015.

She has this week pleaded to be allowed to return home after giving birth to a baby boy.

An official Home Office letter breaking the shock news was delivered to Begum's"disappointed" family earlier today.



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It's not yet known how the ban will affect her newborn son Jerah – who is half British and half Dutch.

Author of the new study published today, Nikita Malik, director of the Centre on Radicalisation and Terrorism, said: "These are British families, they remain in the UK, and they set a precedent for what we could do with returnees.

“It was just a problem waiting to happen and now we need to ensure that we’re able to deal with new and returning children.”

She concluded Shamima would be likely to see her son removed from her care if she returned to the UK, with her being forced to undertake a de-radicalisation program and be placed under constant surveillance.

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