AFTER David Cameron announced on October 19 that an extra £5 million (€6.5 million) would be given to moderate Muslim groups and charities, he is expected to make a further statement this week advising that parents will now be able to ask for the passports of their children aged 16 and 17 to be cancelled if they fear the youngsters are at risk of radicalisation.
Currently, parents are able to ask for this if the child is under 16 but the 16 and 17-year-olds are both vulnerable and of more interest to extremists. In addition, the prime minister is expected to announce that anyone convicted for extremist activity will be automatically barred from working with children and vulnerable people.
Whilst the opposition does not oppose these measures, they have made it clear that they expect the new rules to be handled effectively and fairly.
In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, commenting on the anticipated announcement, Home Secretary Theresa May said that the passport measure had only been used by ‘a small number’ of parents since July, but it was part of a package of new powers that would help tackle extremism.