Academic, NGO and think tank reports relevant to advocacy against counter-extremism policy, including global CVE and Britain’s Prevent strategy.

People's Review of Prevent

The People's Review of Prevent

The People’s Review of Prevent is an alternative review to the Government Shawcross Review.

This review provides a voice to the people most impacted by the Prevent Duty.
Prevent is described as ‘safeguarding’ children from harms. However, under Prevent, safeguarding is focused on protecting the wider public from children believed to be ‘risky’, rather than protecting children from harms.

Throughout our report we present case studies that show how real these harms can be and the distress they cause to children and their families and carers.

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Prevent and the Pre-Crime State: How unaccountable data sharing is harming a generation

This report by Open Rights Group, supported by Prevent Watch, reveals the extent of unaccountable data sharing through Prevent through real cases and analysing responses to freedom of information requests – and the potential harms of this on a generation of young people.

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‘Scrap’ Prevent, says Amnesty report ‘This is the Thought Police’

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.

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The People’s Review of Prevent: A Summary of our 2022 Report

This summary is a foundational read for those seeking case-based evidence and academic review of counter-extremism, in the UK or globally.

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The Dinner Table Prejudice: Islamophobia in Contemporary Britain

T report argues that Islamophobia comes in two different types: religious Islamophobia and racial Islamophobia – and each requires a different response.

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British media coverage of Muslims and Islam: A report by the MCB

British media coverage of Muslims and Islam reflects the scale of negative reporting in media in the UK, and offers suggestions for more ethical coverage.

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New report on Henry Jackson Society and others reveal their threat to democracy

 A new report entitled The Henry Jackson Society: The Threat to British Democracy Caused by Security Think Tanks explores the impact that security think tanks are having on societal cohesion in the UK. Authored by authored by Richard McNiel-Wilson (European University Institute), Rob Faure Walker (University College London) and Isobel Ingham-Barrow (University of Exeter), the report highlights links between such groups and the British and international far Right. In doing so, they combine with patterns of divisive and agenda-driven reports based in impoverished methodologies to shape UK policy and political discourse for the worse. Such groups have caused concern amongst numerous equalities, community, and faith groups and are cited as enabling and encouraging Islamophobia and racism, facilitating far-Right mobilisation, and pushing successive UK governments towards policy positions that damage societal cohesion. You can read the full report here: The_Threat_to_British-Democracy.pdf


Islamophobia in Scotland: A report by the Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia

The issue of Islamophobia in Scotland, prompted the CPG on Tackling Islamophobia to organise an inquiry, which resulted in this report.

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Revealed: Secret Vulnerability Support Hubs in the UK health sector

Secretive ‘Vulnerability Support Hubs’ in the British public health care system was exposed through this report by MedAct, essential for those concerned with the collision between counter-extremism and mental health.

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The Prevent Duty in UK Higher Education: Insights from 157 FOI Requests

How the Prevent Duty has impacted UK higher education forms the crux of this journal article based on 157 FOI requests to higher education institutions in the UK in 2020.

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False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare

Of key interest to researchers into the harms of counter-extremism and its self-reinforcement through statistics, this report reveals how ‘false positives’ are embedded in the pre-crime theories driving counter-extremism.

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Islam on Campus: Perceptions and challenges facing Muslims in the UK

Emerging from the ‘Re/presenting Islam on campus’ project, this 2020 report offered the first cross-sector examination of how Muslims on UK campuses are viewed and treated.


Leaving the War on Terror: Suggestions for Progressive Alternatives

This forward-looking report by the Transnational Institute offers an account of the failures of current counter-terrorism policies, an analysis of the reasons why they fail, and “a progressive alternative”.

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Separating Families: The use of Prevent in child removal cases in the UK

This report into child removal is essential reading for those concerned about the Prevent counter-extremism strategy in social care, as well as its impact in the courts and on families.

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Islamophobia on Campus: The Experience of Muslim Students in 2017-18

In 2017, in response to evidence of Islamophobia on campus, the NUS Women’s and Black Students’ campaigns undertook a survey on UK campuses. This report draws on the 578 responses.

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Human Rights and the Globalisation of Counter Extremism

The globalisation of counter-extremism (CVE) is an emerging human rights concern, due to Britain’s failed Prevent counter-extremism strategy being sanitised and presented as a framework for global blueprints.

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Counter extremism and censorship: Tips against Prevent-related pressure

This brief for students on confronting counter-extremism and censorship on campus, was put together by Students not Suspects and was the first of its kind.


Rethinking the Prevent strategy: A Case for an Alternative Approach

This report on the negative impact of the Prevent strategy in the north, by Just Yorkshire and Leeds Beckett University was among the first to suggest “a progressive alternative”.

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Eroding Trust: The Prevent strategy in health and education based on 87 interviews

A landmark report into the impact of Prevent in education and health, this Open Society Justice Initiative is based on over 87 interviews, legal research and public material.

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The ‘Science’ of Pre-Crime: The secret prison study underpinning Prevent

One of the earliest interrogations of pre-crime predictive tools within the framework of counter-extremism, this CAGE report is a basic must-read for all concerned with Prevent.

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Preventing Education: Human Rights and UK Counter-Terrorism Policy in Schools

Of interest to those concerned with children’s rights and counter-extremism, this report by Rights and Security International on the harms of the Prevent strategy in UK schools is core reading.

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RICU and Prevent: CAGE’s ground-breaking report ‘We are completely independent’

Nobody had heard of RICU and its use under Prevent, until this report revealed how the Home Office uses a secret unit to push state-scripted narratives on “grassroots” groups.

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The Prevent Strategy: A Cradle-to-Grave Police State

It was CAGE who first drew out the Police State as the end goal of counter-extremism policy in this first report outlining how Prevent securitises Muslim life.


Spooked: how not to prevent violent extremism

This courageous report into “how not to prevent violent extremism”  provides some of the first documentation of how counter-extremism fosters mistrust and alienation.

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The Parekh Report: The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain

The Parekh Report was published in October 2000, after two years of deliberation by a Commission established by the Runnymede Trust.