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. 




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. 

Muslim boy, 4, speaks about Fortnite and is referred to Prevent

A four-year-old boy’s referral to Prevent after talking about Fortnite, a popular 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...

Boy who referred to Prevent wins personal data case against Met Police

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...

Schools try to put Muslim children in Prevent training “to spy” on others

5Pillars has been told that two schools in the UK have tried to put Muslim pupils in Prevent training. Prevent Watch, which monitors the government’s controversial counter-extremism programme, told 5Pillars that the schools, one in...

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.

‘What about them English girls?’: Nine-year-old interrogated under Prevent by optician

This is the case record of a nine-year-old boy, who after being interrogated under Prevent by an Optician felt like he did not belong in the UK...

‘It didn’t feel voluntary’: Nurse tells of Prevent home visits after Schedule 7 stop

A 20-year-old nursery nurse was subject to Prevent home visits after being stopped under Schedule 7when traveling to provide humanitarian aid abroad...

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...

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...

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...

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...