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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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Parliament: How the Prevent strategy violates civil and human rights

This blog is about three main concerns about the Prevent strategy that are linked to civil liberties and human rights. It forms a summary of Prevent Watch’s recent presentation at Portcullis House. ...

The refusal by Shawcross to acknowledge critique of Prevent is a wake-up call

This blog deals with the harmful aspects of Prevent to which Shawcross admits when he describes it as "a state-run scheme to counter specific ideas, attitudes, and non-criminal behaviours"...

The pressure-cooker effect: The harm of self-censorship on Palestine

From self-censorship to democratic disengagement, the real impact of Prevent on young people should be causing the government to reconsider Prevent – so, why are they only increasing the pressure?...

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Ten-year-old gets Prevent referral for hijab because its ‘anti-Christian’

A 10-year-old girl is referred to Prevent by her school after she starts wearing the headscarf and for legal statements of belief made in religious studies...

Seventeen-year-old referred to Prevent after Nice attack discussion

Seventeen-year-old AC was referred to Prevent after a class discussion about the Nice attack, where he said that the attack was bad, but that racism and social deprivation might be root causes...

11-year-old objects to ‘multiculturalism’ film that claims ‘parts of Qur’an will disappear’

When an 11-year-old objects to a video shown under the topic of multiculturalism in her religious studies class, her concerns are ignored...

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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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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.