18 February 2019
Andrew Bridgen calls for UK nationals returning from Syria to face mandatory deradicalisation programmes

Following the Government statement on dealing with UK nationals returning from Syria, Andrew Bridgen calls for those that return, where the burden of proof does not permit a criminal prosecution, to face a mandatory and robust deradicalisation programme.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

What powers and resources does my right hon. Friend have to ensure that any British citizen returning from the so-called caliphate in whose case the burden of proof does not permit a criminal prosecution face mandatory and robust deradicalisation programmes?

Sajid Javid

As I have mentioned, this is not a new challenge—we estimate that one way or another more than 300 people have returned in the last few years. When someone manages to return, we first make sure, in the interest of justice, that they are questioned, investigated and, where appropriate, properly prosecuted. Where youngsters, in particular, are involved, however, we also make sure they get deradicalisation help through specific programmes; in some cases, through mental health support; and through support in other ways too. In each case, we will work with partners to create a bespoke programme for that individual and do all we can.