Family court judges are working with children of suspected Islamic terrorists in at least five cases
Lawyers estimate judges based in the Family Division of the High Court in London currently have at least five cases on their books.
About 18 months ago Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the High Court, issued guidance on how such cases should be handled.
Sir James told in October 2015 of a rise in the number of cases involving children feared to be in danger of radicalisation.
He said sometimes children had been made wards of court, a move which allows judges to bar them from travelling abroad.
Sir James said cases were complex and should be overseen by judges based in the Family Division of the High Court.
A court President said cases were complex and should be overseen by High Court judges
The family courts should extend all proper assistance to those involved in the criminal justice system, for example, by disclosing materials from the family court proceedings into the criminal process.
Sir James Munby, President of Family Division of the High Court
He said everyone involved had to co-operate with police.
“Recent months have seen increasing numbers of children cases coming before the Family Division and the Family Court where there are allegations or suspicions: that children, with their parents or on their own, are planning or attempting or being groomed with a view to travel to parts of Syria controlled by the so-called Islamic State; that children have been or are at risk of being radicalised; or that children have been or at are at risk of being involved in terrorist activities either in this country or abroad,” he said in guidance issued to judges and headed Radicalisation Cases In The Family Courts.
“It is important that the family justice system works together in cooperation with the criminal justice system to achieve the proper administration of justice … for the interests of the child are not the sole consideration.”
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The cases centre around the welfare of children at risk of becoming radicalised
He added: “The family courts should extend all proper assistance to those involved in the criminal justice system, for example, by disclosing materials from the family court proceedings into the criminal process.”
Last month another judge explained how a teenage boy whose two older brothers have been killed while “waging jihad” in Syria has been made the subject of a special care plan designed to keep him safe.
Mr Justice Hayden approved a “pathway plan” developed for a 17-year-old boy by social services staff at Brighton and Hove City Council.
He revealed detail in a ruling after analysing the case at private hearings and said the teenager could not be named.
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The judge said the teenager had lived in Britain in an “extraordinary family” whose “male members were all committed to waging jihad in Syria”.
Two years ago Mr Justice Hayden had made the youngster a ward of court.
But he said the teenager would turn 18 this year, and become an adult, and only children could be wards of court.
He said council staff had developed a “special” care plan designed to suit his needs until he turned 21.