How weird is this? Nursery staff and childminders have been given ‘duty’ by the UK government to report toddlers they
suspect of being at risk of becoming terrorists under new Home Office
measures. They will now start spying and labeling toddlers from black and ethnic minorities.
From Telegraph UK
Nursery school staff and registered childminders must report toddlers at risk
of becoming terrorists, under counter-terrorism measures proposed by the
Government. The directive is contained in a 39-page consultation document issued by the
Home Office in a bid to bolster its Prevent anti-terrorism plan.
before parliament. It identifies nurseries and early years childcare
providers, along with schools and universities, as having a duty “to prevent
people being drawn into terrorism”.
that staff have training that gives them the knowledge and confidence to
identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism and challenge
extremist ideas which can be used to legitimise terrorism and are shared by
“They should know where and how to refer children and young people for further
But concern was raised over the practicalities of making it a legal
requirement for staff to inform on toddlers.
David Davis, the Conservative MP and former shadow home secretary, said: “It
is hard to see how this can be implemented. It is unworkable. I have to say
I cannot understand what they [nursery staff] are expected to do.
“Are they supposed to report some toddler who comes in praising a preacher
deemed to be extreme? I don’t think so.
“It is heavy-handed.”
Mr Davis also accused the Home Office of pushing the legislation too quickly.
Isabella Sankey, the policy director at human rights body Liberty, said:
“Turning our teachers and childminders into an army of involuntary spies
will not stop the terrorist threat.