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. 

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.

terrorist house case prevent uk CategoriesEducation Case Study Our Cases Library

The ‘terrorist house’ case: Counter-terrorism police turn up at ten-year-old boy’s home

The ‘terrorist house’ case received a lot of publicity, when a 10-year-old Muslim boy’s response to an English task resulted in a home visit by police.

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‘It’s about your son’: Mother harassed by counter-extremism

A mother suffered harassment by Prevent over the course of six-months. Prevent officers visited the family home 3-4 times a month regarding her son.

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NHS administrator raises alarm about counter-extremism in health sector

An NHS Administrator was one of the first to report concerns with counter-extremism in health, when he was faced with Prevent training at work.

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Community group’s speakers ‘Islamist’ but no evidence why

Speakers at a community organisation’s event were deemed to be “Islamist” and the event was cancelled, butneither the local authority or the university provided any evidence of this claim.

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Muslim teacher suspended for private debate on definition of terrorism

Muslim teacher suspended based on a private discussion in which he questioned the definition of a terrorist, something that was deemed ‘anti-Western’ and ‘against British values’.

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Muslim mother deemed ‘extremist’ has children removed

A Muslim mother is deemed ‘extremist’ and has her children removed against all evidence, after an acquaintance claimed she was travel to Yemen.