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.
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.