New legal child-specific terrorism orders should be brought in to tackle the growing numbers being arrested, the official adviser on terrorism law has told the UK government.Source: Ministers studying plans for UK child-specific terrorism orders | The Guardian
Ministers are studying plans that would result in children being compelled to accept help or face jail, devised by Jonathan Hall KC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.
The move comes as the number of children arrested has increased, mainly for lower-level terrorism offences, such as sharing propaganda or downloading material.
The rise has been fueled by growing internet use and an increase in terrorist propaganda available online, with children as young as 13 being arrested.
There are concerns that tackling such children with powerful terrorism laws stigmatises them when they are not yet fully mature. There is a growing belief among counter-terrorism officials that a section of those arrested, while clearly breaking terrorism laws, pose little threat of staging an attack.Read more: Ministers studying plans for UK child-specific terrorism orders | The Guardian Related stories: