Prevent Watch

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.

MI5’s use of personal data was ‘unlawful’, says watchdog

The security service MI5 has handled large amounts of personal data in an “undoubtedly unlawful” way, a watchdog has said. The Investigatory Powers Commissioner said information gathered under warrants was kept too long and not stored safely. Civil rights group Liberty said the breaches involved the “mass collection of data of innocent citizens”. The high court heard MI5 knew about the issues in 2016 but kept them secret. “MI5 have been holding on to people’s data – ordinary people’s data, your data, my data – illegally for many years,” said Megan Goulding, a lawyer for Liberty, which brought the case. Read more

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London Bridge inquest: Investigators ‘unaware’ attacker reported to anti-terror hotline

The team investigating one of the 2017 London Bridge attackers was not told he had been reported to an anti-terror hotline, an inquest has heard. Khuram Butt’s brother-in-law had reported his increasing radicalisation in September 2015. In the same month MI5 assessed Butt as wanting to stage a terror attack but lacking the ability to do so. Eight people were killed in the attack he carried out with two other men. Read more

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Fears that council staff forced to ‘act as MI5’ to identify possible terror threats

Fears have been raised that council staff could be forced to “act as MI5” in helping to identify possible terror threats in Newcastle. Labour councillor Rebecca Shatwell told colleagues that the council must not become a “counter-terror operative” through its role in supporting the Government’s Prevent strategy, which intervenes with individuals to safeguard them from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Read more

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M15, Police And Birmingham City Council to Fight Terrorism

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced Birmingham City Council will be asked to work closely with the police and MI5 to fight terrorism. Three new anti-terror partnerships has been designed to step up the fight against violent extremism and this will be in London, Greater Manchester and the  West Midlands. Read more

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Labour blasts Javid’s counter-terrorism strategy

LABOUR blasted Sajid Javid’s updated counter-terrorism strategy today, warning that only a properly funded police force will protect Britain from potential attacks. The Home Secretary unveiled the government’s updated Contest strategy, which will see MI5 intelligence passed to councils, local authorities or government departments. Read more

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