Home Office written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation, if any, they have made of the Exit counter radicalisation programmes in Norway, Sweden and Germany addressing white supremacism and neo-Nazism.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

We have regular contact with our counterparts across Europe to exchange expertise and information, but have not specifically evaluated the Exit counter radicalisation programmes in Norway, Sweden and Germany. One of the areas where we are keen to learn from other countries is their approach to tackling far-right extremism, and how this translates across all types of extremism, including the threat from Syria and Iraq.

The Channel programme, our equivalent programme in the UK, is about safeguarding children and adults from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity. It is about early intervention to protect and divert people away from the risk they face before they break the law. Support often involves intervention providers with knowledge to be able to counter extreme ideologies and narratives such as Islamist and extreme right-wing. We are making Channel a legal requirement for public bodies so that it is delivered more consistently across England and Wales.

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