Supporting Communities Impacted by Prevent
Prevent Watch is a community led initiative which supports people impacted by Prevent. Established in September 2014 by a group of community organisations our work has supported over 270 cases. We employ case workers and volunteers who have a reach into communities impacted by Prevent and we create a public record of the impact. We are not Government funded, we rely on the community and well wisher for funding.
Prevent is championed by government as an effective strategy to prevent terrorism, evidence suggests public organisations are failing to understand what is required of them. The Prevent Duty requires them to respond in ways that are proportionate and appropriate, based on an assessment of genuine risks that people might face in relation to extremism. Our case studies shows they are hugely failing in this area.
The following charts show the break down of our current documented cases (March 2017):
Many of our cases we have made available here. Our case studies and victim statements strongly suggest these approaches are counter-productive, and are starting to erode community cohesion and damage relationships with the communities they serve.
We are highly critical of Prevent as we believe there are more than sufficient laws to allow the police and security services to detect, investigate and prosecute individuals involved in actual terrorism plots.
Prevent Watch provides a number of different services:
- We provide a legal help line and support services to people impacted by Prevent
- We investigate Prevent cases to ensure due process and rule of law is maintained
We publish reports, briefing papers and media material based on real cases
We raise awareness on Prevent, run training seminars across the country and publish toolkits
We maintain a directory of lawyers to ensure rights are protected
- We support strategic cases with a legal fund to challenge the law and policy on Prevent
We urge all communities that have been, in any way, affected by the Prevent programme, to come forward and tell their stories. You can use the online form or contact us via our help line. You can use your own name or post under a pseudonym to protect your identity. Although we do encourage you to leave your real name and contact details (which we will not publish) so that we can contact you to provide support and to highlight in greater detail particular cases.
Please contact us to learn more.