Prevent in the News

Review of Prevent counter-extremism programme misses deadline | The Independent

December 31st, 2021|Categories: Prevent in the News|

Exclusive: Reviewer William Shawcross requests extension ‘to give Prevent the consideration it deserves’ The review of a government scheme aiming to stop people being drawn into terrorism has been delayed again, almost three years after it began. A report on the Prevent programme, [...]

Palestine & Prevent Referrals

May 25th, 2021|Categories: Prevent in the News, Prevent Review|

Palestine and Prevent Referrals Over 180,000 people marched in London on Saturday 21st May. Most were chanting 'Free Free Palestine'. However, chanting this or showing any support to the Palestinian cause in schools can lead to a Prevent referral! We [...]

Prevent: We need to listen to those harmed by UK counter-extremism policy | Middle East Eye

March 18th, 2021|Categories: Prevent in the News, Prevent Review|

The government’s appointment of William Shawcross as the new reviewer of Britain’s counter-terrorism policy, Prevent, has blown away any remaining veneer of credibility it might have had to oversee a robust and independent review process. That’s why, this week, more than 550 [...]

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Prevent Cases

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 [...]

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 [...]

Muslim school kids “taught to spy on each other” – 5Pillars

March 1st, 2020|

5Pillars has been told that two schools in the UK have been trying to train Muslim pupils to effectively spy on each other. Prevent Watch, which monitors the government’s controversial counter-extremism [...]

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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 Government Prevent Review

During the passage of the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 on 12 February 2019, the government committed to carrying out an independent review of Prevent.

On 12th August 2019 the Government appointed Lord Alexander Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, however, by January 2020 he was removed in light of a legal challenge.

On 26th January 2021 the Government appointed William Shawcross.

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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.

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