Home Office figures show 7,631 people were referred to programme in 2015-16 but only 381 received specialist support

Only 5% of the 7,631 people referred to the government’s Prevent counter-extremism programme in 2015-16 ended up in specialist support to turn them away from terrorism, official figures show.

New Home Office figures confirm that most referrals of people thought to be at risk of being drawn into terrorism are made by schools and colleges, with 2,539, or 33%, of all referrals. The police make the second highest number, with 2,377, or 31%, in 2015/16.

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