Around half of the local councils in the Netherlands are doing nothing to prevent youngsters becoming involved with radical Islam, even though the government has given them a major role in combating radicalisation and jihadism, according to justice ministry inspectors.

The inspectors warn that councils which do not have officials trained to identify radicalisation could miss signs that it is occurring, Trouw said on Thursday.

Most of those which have not taken steps to address the issues have populations of below 100,000, with the smallest council areas – up to 50,000 residents – least likely to comply. They argue that radicalisation is not a problem within their boundaries and feel that investment in publicity campaigns or special training for officials is therefore unnecessary, Trouw said.

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