HOME Secretary Sajid Javid has staunchly defended a controversial programme designed to stop young people being radicalised into extremist acts.
More than 6,000 people were referred to Prevent in 2016-17, down from 7,500 the previous year, with most either requiring no more action or being sent to other services, and 332 receiving support through Channel.
Concerns about Islamist extremism prompted 61 per cent of referrals - down from the previous year - while those sparked by worries over extreme right-wing views increased nearly 30 per cent to 968.
In the same year, the education sector provided the most referrals, with 1,976, followed by the police referring 1,946 people. Since 2015 public bodies have had a legal duty to stop people being drawn into terrorism.