Judge’s permission not needed in radicalisation probes

Family Law|May 8th 2017

The Police and secret service agents do not need the permission of judges to question teenagers thought to be at risk of radicalisation, the President of the Family Divison has declared.

Radicalised young people from Muslim communities often make plans to travel to Syria and enroll in Islamic State. Others engage in disruptive activities closer to home.

Once identified, youngsters at risk are typically placed under the control of family court judges and made wards of court. Their freedom of movement is restricted.

This practice had led some local authorities to believe that questioning such teenagers in order to identify any security risks would require the specific permission of the judges in question. But Family Division President Sir James Munby has now declared that “judidicial consent” is in fact not required.

Photo by thierry ehrmann via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence.

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