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“The boy’s mother wanted the Prevent Officer to clarify why her six-year-old son had been referred to counter terrorism for something he heard on ‘Horrible Histories’. Eventually, the officer agreed it was possible that the child had been singled out because he was Muslim.”  

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Expert Views

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Prevent in immigration will deepen state violence to migrant communities

Shawcross’s recommendation to apply to Prevent in immigration relies upon one flawed assumption among many that he makes in his review, and will further divide and destabilise UK society...

Why the Prevent duty threatens long-term public security

The foundations of the Prevent duty are pre-crime in nature; it rests on an assumption that it is possible to ‘predict’ an individual’s susceptibility to be violent, even when that individual is a child...

Latest Prevent statistics can direct us to the ‘alternative’

The latest Prevent statistics direct us to an answer that lies in following long-held practices that preserve trust and will allow better access to public services while restoring it to its rightful role...

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Our Cases

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‘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...

What we’re working on

response to shawcross report

REPORT

A RESPONSE TO THE
SHAWCROSS REPORT

On 21st March 2023 we published an evidenced-based response to the Shawcross Report. Prevent experts Prof John Holmwood and Dr Layla Aitlhadj have detailed in a 85-page response on how the Shawcross report is flawed.

REPORT

THE PEOPLE’S
REVIEW OF PREVENT

The government committed to carrying out an independent review of Prevent. We explain why the Government’s review of Prevent resulted in a boycott across civic society and the resultant alternative, the People’s Review of Prevent.

OPINION

THE TROJAN
HORSE AFFAIR

The Trojan Horse Affair ensured the Prevent was embedded in legislation under the guise of safeguarding. We analyse the events that unfolded in 2014 to reveal how they impact Prevent as we know it today.

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Your commitment has been vital to assisting hundreds of families across the UK who have been impacted by Prevent.

Prevent Watch appreciates every supporter and donor who helps to keep our helpline and supporting services running. Although we have helped hundreds of individuals we know that thousands of individuals are referred to Prevent each year and we rely on your help to be able to reach every person who needs our support.

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The Prevent Duty is championed by the government as an effective strategy to prevent terrorism, however, evidence suggests this is having an adverse effect on communities. Thousands of Prevent referrals are made each year but very few of them lead to any intervention.

Prevent Watch has supported hundreds of people impacted by Prevent. Our case studies show a huge failing of the Prevent Duty. We provide a free helpline with dedicated case workers to support people impacted by the Prevent Duty. We provide access to lawyers, media, research and much more.