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Primary school staff told to report potential radical changes of belief in parents and children Getty Images. (Inset) Isa Dare who was taken to Syria by his mother three years ago

Nurseries told to look out for signs of radicalisation after Isa, 4, shown on ISIS video

WT24 Desk

NURSERIES are to report concerns of radicalisation to “prevent more children losing their free will to terrorists”, The Sun reports.  The move comes after ISIS released a chilling video of four-year-old Isa Dare saying: “We are going to kill the Kaffir (non-believers) over there.”  The young boy was taken to Syria three years ago by his mother Grace who became a Jihadi bride.

 The chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association said nursery staff are in prime position to spot radical changes in children and parent’s behaviour.Purnima Tanuku said: “The country has shuddered at images of a young child being exploited by terrorists. “Our hearts turn cold hearing the child speak words that he or she doesn’t even understand.”

The chief executive urged staff to report and “recognise sudden changes in behaviour which could be a sign of child abuse which includes radicalisation”.  “Equally important under the Prevent Duty [legislation] is spotting the signs of radicalisation in the adults around a young child.  “Nursery practitioners are in a unique position to do this – they have a closer relationship with parents than schools do and due to tight ratios, know the child intimately.”

Ms Tanuku said teaching children tolerant values in their formative years could prevent radicalisation.  Secondary schools have also taken action to prevent extremists contacting teenagers.   Last month Ministers said in some cases young people had accessed potentially dangerous information about Islamic State via their school computers.

As a result schools were ordered to set filters and monitor pupil’s internet activity and access restrictions.  A number of young people have travelled or attempted to travel to Syria after being groomed by extremists online.  In December the BBC reported that around 22 children had been made Wards of Court, a medieval law that places the child under the control of the court and prevents them from travelling.

Under the law passports can be seized and families ordered to follow certain steps outlined by a judge to ensure the safety of the child.  Since the rise of ISIS, children have been at risk of uncountable ‘methods’ to encourage them to join the terrorist group.  UK court’s have seen cases where children wanted to follow his older syblings to Syria.

While others have been subjected to radicalisation by their families.  Some circumstances have been withheld from the media.

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