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The Prevent Duty is championed by the government as an effective strategy to prevent terrorism, however, evidence suggests this is having an adverse effect on communities. Thousands of Prevent referrals are made each year but very few of them lead to any intervention.

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The Trojan Horse Affair

The Trojan Horse affair, which burst into the news in early 2014 with claims about ‘Islamist extremism’ in Birmingham schools.

This involved the collapse of professional misconduct cases brought against teachers at the school at the centre of an alleged plot.

The cases collapsed because of “serious improprieties” on the behalf of lawyers acting for the agency of the Department for Education responsible for teacher standards.


Muslim boy, 4, was referred to Prevent over game of Fortnite | UK news | The Guardian

January 31st, 2021|

A four-year-old boy’s referral to the government’s anti-extremism Prevent strategy after talking about the popular Fortnite video game at his after-school club has prompted fresh calls to abolish the controversial scheme. The boy, who is from the West Midlands and is a Muslim, was referred to Prevent in September 2019 [...]

Boy who was referred to Prevent over misinformed ‘terror concerns’ wins case against Met Police | Asian Image

November 1st, 2020|

An aspiring doctor who was referred to Prevent over “misinformed” claims that he was “obsessed” with killing David Cameron must have his personal data deleted by the Metropolitan Police, the High Court has ruled. The boy – known only as II – was 11 when a tutor raised concerns in [...]

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