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. 

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...

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...

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.

Boy’s presentation clarifying ‘Islamic state’ concept sees him referred to Prevent, Channel

When a young teenager in secondary school delivered a short presentation on the concept of an "Islamic state" to dispel hateful narratives of Isis, he was reported to Prevent instead...

The Prevent environment: 16-year-old boy referred for taking out library book

A school with a strong Prevent environment sees a 16-year-old referred for taking out a book on terrorism, and Prevent officers arriving at his home...

Boy referred to Prevent for homework influenced by Marvel cartoons

Boy referred to Prevent and invited to Channel "deradicalisation", after a reflective homework piece featured violence inspired by Marvel cartoons...

Primary school runs counter-extremism data collection survey to children

A Buxton primary school distributed survey in a counter-extremism data collection attempt that includes questions to children on their religious, ethical and political views...

Policing schools through Prevent sees boy criminalised after bullying experience

In a case that demonstrated the counter-productive nature of policing schools, a boy is referred to Prevent after expressing political views that are likely to have stemmed from bullying...

‘My GP treated me like a potential terrorist’: student speaks out

A Muslim sixth form student is treated as a potential terrorist when he is questioned about ISIS by his doctor thanks to Prevent...