“Shamima Begum made a dangerous and damaging decision to join Daesh’s now failing state; whilst the debate around the UK government’s decision to revoke her citizenship continues, there is no denying the severe consequences of her actions and the tragic implications for her or her child.
Shamima’s story should serve as a deep reminder that the challenge of radicalisation remains and we must continue helping our young people to find the right path. Our religious and community leaders are already doing great work in this area, but we must build on this and carry on working alongside our communities to protect, and educate, them from such negative influences. There are services available for those who may have concerns about their children that can provide helpful guidance and support.
It is also vital that we continue to work with the relevant authorities and safeguarding services to address this challenge. Together we can seek to build the ideological resilience in our young people to ensure they are no longer easily influenced by extremists.”