- Over 7,631 people were referred to Prevent in 2015-16
- 95% of the referrals did not require any intervention and were therefore false referrals
- Over 65% of the referrals were Muslims
- Over 1,500 of the 65% referrals were Muslim children under the age of 15, majority of whom did not require Channel intervention
The statistics clearly demonstrate both the failures of the policy and the disproportionate focus on Muslims, children in particular.
The Government statistics do not record Prevent referrals that are rejected by authorities. This is where families are referred to Prevent, accused of involvement with Terrorism, but then rejected very early in the process. These are not recorded in the statistics but the family is left traumatised.