Information about children referred to Prevent could be held on databases for decades and potentially for the rest of their lives, digital rights campaigners have warned in a new report.
William Shawcross, the author of a controversial review of Britain’s counter-terrorism strategy, claims the public have been left “at risk” because many of his key recommendations have been ignored by the Home Office, reports The Guardian.
A 37-year-old interfaith charity has said it is preparing for “imminent closure” as levelling up secretary Michael Gove considers withdrawing funding over concerns regarding one of its trustees, a former deputy secretary general of MCB, reports Civil Society.
Police in England and Wales failed to record the race statistics for Prevent of nearly two-thirds of people referred, despite questions over whether Prevent discriminates against minority ethnic groups.
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.
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.
Law reform charity Justice has challenged an attempt to keep Prevent referrals data secret by two of England’s largest police forces – West Midlands and Merseyside.
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 Office for Students’ proposals for an independent complaints process with regards to free speech exposes the deep contradiction between the government’s ostensible commitment to free speech and Prevent, writes Prof. John Holmwood for the Council for the Defence of British Universities.
Barclay Primary School in Leyton has closed after parents staged a protest following a teacher reprimanding an eight-year-old boy for wearing a Palestine flag on his coat, reported The Independent.