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10-year-old Muslim boy referred to Prevent for essay on Palestine
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'Take pictures of PSC and BLM symbols and send them to us.'
Youth worker reveals how Prevent trainer told them to be their 'eyes and ears'.
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“The boy’s mother wanted the Prevent Officer to clarify why her six-year-old son had been referred to counter terrorism for something he heard on ‘Horrible Histories’. Eventually, the officer agreed it was possible that the child had been singled out because he was Muslim.”  

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Michaela School: Teachers ‘curate’ break time talk and are ‘never wrong’

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Prevent Watch supports call to scrap Prevent at the United Nations

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School refers 10-year-old to counter-terrorism Prevent programme for essay on Palestine

My son Isa is 10 years old and in Year 5. During a creative class, the children were tasked to write an essay on a topic of their choice and he chose to write about what is going on in Palestine...

Latest Prevent training reveal: Beware of the BLM, PSC and refugees – and watch broke and neurodiverse people

Participant in most recent Prevent training reveal exposes shocking new developments including being told to photograph BLM and PSC insignia, and the cost of living crisis as a “driver of extremism”...

Shocking Prevent training ‘highlighted a swastika alongside a girl in hijab’

A social worker reveals a Prevent training that proved shockingly ignorant about basic Islamic beliefs, trite on Palestinian activism, while giving a brief nod to the far-right, and ignoring zionism altogether...

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response to shawcross report

REPORT

A RESPONSE TO THE
SHAWCROSS REPORT

On 21st March 2023 we published an evidenced-based response to the Shawcross Report. Prevent experts Prof John Holmwood and Dr Layla Aitlhadj have detailed in a 85-page response on how the Shawcross report is flawed.

REPORT

THE PEOPLE’S
REVIEW OF PREVENT

The government committed to carrying out an independent review of Prevent. We explain why the Government’s review of Prevent resulted in a boycott across civic society and the resultant alternative, the People’s Review of Prevent.

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THE TROJAN
HORSE AFFAIR

The Trojan Horse Affair ensured the Prevent was embedded in legislation under the guise of safeguarding. We analyse the events that unfolded in 2014 to reveal how they impact Prevent as we know it today.

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