27 January 2020
When it comes to dealing with 'radicalisation', the Home Office appears to be ignoring findings from research that it has funded.
UK: Priti Patel’s plan to tackle radicalised youth is so flawed it’s mad, says study (The Guardian, link):
"A Home Office-funded study into tackling radicalisation among young people has concluded that the approach being pushed through by the home secretary, Priti Patel, is so flawed that it is “madness”.
Instead the research, which will be unveiled on Wednesday and is described as one of the biggest scientific surveys of its type in Europe, found that the most effective strategy was precisely the opposite approach pursued by Patel. Generating “positive psychology” among young people was found to be significantly more effective than punitive policies when challenging “violent youth radicalisation”, defined as gang crime through to the development of extreme ideologies.
Its conclusions contradict Patel’s hardline approach, typified by measures announced last week that emphasised longer jail terms for violent and terrorist offenders, lie-detector tests and increased monitoring."
Background: Tougher sentencing and monitoring in government overhaul of terrorism response (Home Office, link)
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