Our Cases

We have supported nearly 600 individuals to challenge Prevent, and each of our cases is unique. The support we provide you is based on our diverse cases experience, and tailored for your needs and context. 

Each year thousands of people are referred to Prevent, the vast majority of whom are under 15 years of age. 

Prevent Watch provides a FREE help line and support services for people who have experienced such referrals or have been impacted by Prevent in some way. 

WE HAVE SUPPORTED

620+

PEOPLE TO DATE

This includes young people who have been threatened with Prevent, or people who work in the public services and feel that Prevent is damaging and unworkable.

Our help line and support are strictly confidential. However, some of our clients want to tell their stories to the public, believing that in doing so, they will help others.  

These form part of our media advocacy and research. Any publication or interaction with the media is only done with your wholehearted consent and in a manner that is right for you.  

From the Community 

Prevent officers visited a mother at home 3-4 times a month regarding her eldest son, who was studying for his A-levels. After messaging her son daily, Prevent officers had on one occasion taken him to an ice-cream parlour, to speak to him about Islam, ideology and political issues related to the Islamic state.”  

Please visit our Prevent in Communities page.

From the Health Sector 

“A 28-year-old member of the NHS came forward in 2016, reporting serious concerns about having to undergo Prevent training, and wanting to know if it was lawful or unlawful to train NHS staff in reporting signs of radicalisation’ in patients, which he said had happened ‘out of nowhere.”  

Please visit our Prevent in Health page.

Case Videos

The scripts below are not necessarily in our clients’ own voices, but each client has approved their scripts before we released them. 

In cases where audio has been taken secretly – for example, during a Prevent interview – we have carefully weighed the public interest and the safety of our client, before releasing them. 

For interviews or more information regarding these cases, please contact us. 

Our Cases in the News

These are a selection of our Prevent cases that have been reported in the news – as they were reported, or in their original form, from our cases library. 

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The t-shirt case: Eight-year-old referred for shirt bearing name of Prophet’s (pbuh) friend

In what became known as ‘the t-shirt case’, an eight-year-old was referred to Prevent and social services for wearing a t-shirt in year 4 on a school outing.

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The Cucumber Case: Four-year-old referred to counter-extremism for drawing

In the cucumber case, a 4-year-old Muslim boy was referred to Prevent counter-extremism after his teacher asks him about a picture.

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After class discussion on eco-terrorism, teachers interrogate Muslim student in ‘inclusion hut’

A Muslim student questions the term ‘eco-terrorism’ in a class discussion, and is hauled into ‘isolation hut’ then interoggated by two teachers.

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Prevent and racism: PhD student referred for reading book on terrorism

This case illustrates how Prevent and racism work hand-in-hand, and involves a PhD student referred after reading a book on terrorism for his coursework.

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Law student convicted of terrorism after refusing to be recruited to Prevent

A 22 year old law student in possession of a single copy of an al-Qaeda magazine, refused to be recruited to Prevent, then police raided her home, and she was convicted of terrorism.

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Muslim health worker referred to Prevent for wearing hijab at work

A Muslim woman is referred to Prevent by her colleagues after she returns from medical leave and begins wearing the headscarf and observing hijab at work.

Our Prevent Cases Library

These are the records of all our Prevent cases that have agreed to be public.

To find out more or arrange case interviews, please contact us.

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College student reported to Prevent for change in clothing and questions in class

SJ is a 19-year-old college student who was reported to Prevent by his College after he changed the way he dressed and voiced valid and legal opinions.

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Ten-year-old gets Prevent referral for hijab because its ‘anti-Christian’

A 10-year-old girl is referred to Prevent by her school after she starts wearing the headscarf and for legal statements of belief made in religious studies.

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Seventeen-year-old referred to Prevent after Nice attack discussion

Seventeen-year-old AC was referred to Prevent after a class discussion about the Nice attack, where he said that the attack was bad, but that racism and social deprivation might be root causes.

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11-year-old objects to ‘multiculturalism’ film that claims ‘parts of Qur’an will disappear’

When an 11-year-old objects to a video shown under the topic of multiculturalism in her religious studies class, her concerns are ignored.

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‘Peace, not violence’: Anti-war activism invites Prevent home visit

MM was questioned by Prevent for his anti-war activism, after he began demonstrating against the Iraq war and the deaths of Muslims in captivity.

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How Prevent toxicity harmed a grassroots community co-operative

A grassroots community co-operative encountered Prevent toxicity when their core funding source demanded they undergo counter-extremism training.