The Prevent strategy is one strand of the UK counter-terrorism strategy CONTEST. Prevent was introduced in 2003 by the New Labour government of Tony Blair. Following the attacks in London on 7th July 2005, the importance of the Prevent strategy increased as the government sought to deal with a risk of ‘home-grown’ terrorism. It was
Many people, organisations and bodies have spoken out against Prevent, below are just a few examples: The Joint Committee on Human Rights has called for an independent review of Prevent in its report on the new Counter Terrorism and Border Security Bill to which Prevent Watch also submitted evidence. National Union of Teachers have called for Prevent strategy
Prevent criticism is consistently dismissed by Prevent leads and practitioners as ‘myths’, even with a number of cases showing that the policy is flawed and Islamophobic. Two cases they often highlight are 'Terrorist House' case and 'Cucumber' case - both are detailed on our website and we recommend you read and judge for yourself. These
Prevent is described as being voluntary yet evidence shows that coercive tactics are being used in implementing Prevent. Individuals are often not informed that engagement with Prevent is voluntary and feel that they have no choice but to engage with Prevent. Simon Cole has said that Prevent is ‘voluntary’ but if individuals do not cooperate
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
"By dividing, stigmatizing and alienating segments of population, Prevent could end up promoting extremism, rather than countering it" United Nations The Prevent duty has created a further securitized state in which public sector workers are trained to spots signs of ‘radicalisation’ and ‘extremism’ and to refer people to Prevent. Prevent is a failed and counter-productive
The statistics (2016) demonstrate that the majority, over 65%, of the referrals were Muslims, including nearly 2,000 Muslim children. There is clearly a disproportionate focus on Muslims for which there has been no accountability. A significant portion of the Prevent funding has gone to Muslim majority areas also referred to as 'priority areas'.
Statistics were long overdue and demonstrate the lack of transparency with Prevent. The statistics were released by the Home Office for 2016 and 2017 these showed a number of issues: 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