Prevent is falsely being masked around the language of ‘safeguarding’:
Recent research has shown that Prevent in fact is not safeguarding at all. Safeguarding experts, doctors and social workers among others have criticised the Prevent duty stating it is not their role to do the police’s work and act as counter-terrorism operatives. Similarly, the 2-hour Prevent (WRAP) training has been criticised as being inadequate and flawed.
During the ‘safeguarding’ assessments, families are viewed through a securitised lens. The Local Authority becomes involved in families due to alleged ‘radicalisation’ concerns, often based on information from the Police, but evidence shows families have subsequently been assessed by their religiosity and upon Islamophobic judgments rather than any genuine concerns over children’s welfare.
Prevent is not safeguarding but an abuse of existing safeguarding policies and children’s welfare. Instead, existing safeguarding policies are adequate to deal with any genuine safeguarding concerns.