A teenager whose two older brothers were killed after travelling to Syria as jihadis is now under the special care of Brighton and Hove social services, a court heard today.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons – was made a ward of court two years ago, and banned from travelling abroad.
The details were revealed by the family division of the High Court today in a ruling after a private hearing, ahead of the teen turning 18 and no longer being able to be a ward of court.
The Press Association reports that Mr Justice Hayden said: “Brighton and Hove City Council … have gone to great lengths to keep the young person with whom I have been concerned safe and secure in the UK.
“(He) is a particularly vulnerable young person who (latterly) has lived in Britain in an extraordinary family, where the male members are all committed to waging jihad in Syria.”
Two of the boy’s three brothers and one close friend travelled to Syria to fight, and two of the brothers and the friend have all died. The boy’s uncle has been a detainee at Guantanamo Bay.
Last year, the school which the brothers attended, and where several students were identified as being at risk of radicalisation, was praised for its safeguarding, highlighting a number of successful interventions and referrals to social services.
Last spring, it was reported that 28 young people had been identified as planning to join jihadists abroad or commit terrorist violence at home in 2014.
The Brighton and Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board is conducting a serious case review and is due to publish its findings shortly.