A social worker reveals a Prevent training that proved shockingly ignorant about basic Islamic beliefs, trite on Palestinian activism, while giving a brief nod to the far-right, and ignoring zionism altogether.
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.
A report by Amnesty International, illustrates that Prevent is a dangerously broken system where the vast majority of people reported do not present any threat.
Almost two years ago – a long time in the history of the Prevent strategy – I spoke to a mother who confided in me that her son was so distraught by a Prevent referral made by his school that he had told her he no longer wished to live. This is her story.
The coupling of public services with Prevent alters the crucial and delicate trust dynamics essential to education and health.
A recent UN report into children’s well-being in the UK should urge the withdrawal of Prevent counter-extremism from health and education.
Shawcross sees a need for more ‘rigorous’ Prevent training, while it already violates various civil liberties including the freedom of religion, association and legal dissent.
Shawcross’s recommendation on Prevent referral data demonstrates his lack of knowledge about the situation that currently applies.
Epidemic Empire will be of interest for post-colonial studies as a background to counter-extremism, and for those concerned with the presence of Prevent in healthcare.
The UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy, Prevent, is having devastating consequences for minority communities seeking mental health care, writes a health practitioner in the National Health Service (NHS). Through the lens of suspicion, Prevent turns the therapeutic space, which should be a place of safety, into a manifestation of some of the worst fears that people accessing these spaces harbour – the fear of being watched, followed and targeted by others. Source: The Prevent duty is criminalising Muslims who seek mental health care Please see our Research pages to access a number of academic reports on this pressing issue.