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.

The detailed figures show that 2,127 children under 15 were referred to Prevent for extremist concerns in 2015/16, of whom 108 received specialist support through the Channel scheme.

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