Three main concerns about the Prevent strategy that are linked to civil liberties and human rights formed part of a recent presentation at Portcullis House.
This article deals with the harmful aspects of Prevent to which Shawcross admits when he describes it as “a state-run scheme to counter specific ideas, attitudes, and non-criminal behaviours”.
A brief summary of the main thrust of the Shawcross Report highlighting the recommendations relevant to the further and higher education sectors.
New Prevent guidelines for responsible authorities will be severely tested after the fallout in the Middle East. But there is hope in the Freedom of Speech Act.
Assaults on community in the UK via the use of Prevent on Muslims shares some common ground with the Policing Act and its impact on Gypsies in the UK.
Here are the most important developments in the Prevent strategy and essential takeaways for students, parents and staff for 2023/4.
I spoke to a mother who confided in me that her son was so distraught by a Prevent referral made at school that he no longer wished to live. This is her story.
The existence of the Prevent duty in the pre-crime space means access to justice is non-existent and almost impossible for those it harms.
The coupling of public services with Prevent disrupts crucial trust dynamics that make up the basis of genuine safeguarding.
When it comes to Prevent referrals, these three specific and unexceptional case examples illustrate the undocumented impact of Prevent.
Shawcross's recommendation on Prevent and immigration urges that the policy be extended into the immigration system and into job centres. But increasing their hostility is not the answer to a safe UK.
Our co-author organisation, Prevent Watch, was among at least three UK based NGOs that submitted concerns about children’s rights which have featured in last month’s publication of a report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in the UK. The Committee urged the UK to “ … assess the impact of the […]
Shawcross’s recommendations on the removal of Prevent data demonstrate his lack of knowledge about the situation that currently applies.
The UK's Prevent counter-extremism strategy involves data collection and retention that is far from public scrutiny. It is a form of surveillance that can remain with a person for life, even when that person is a child at the first time of collection.
Speaking at the Prevent Watch annual update event this year, Director Dr Layla Aitlhadj mentioned the importance of the People's Review as the government review of the strategy continues to be withheld.
The new requirements introduced under Prevent in 2015 included a statutory duty on schools to promote ‘British values’. This law was published following the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair.
At a recent event I spoke about Prevent to parents who had gathered for something that may seem unrelated to counter-extremism: the changes in the curriculum with regards to relationships and sex education (RSE).
During our recent Surviving Society podcast, we highlighted Prevent's love-hate relationship with the far-right and what it means for anti-Prevent advocacy.
In this excerpt from the Surviving Society podcast, we break down why Prevent is the tip of a separate policy architecture that is set outside of long-established principles of evidence-based justice.
Since 2008, Criminology at Leicester has invited high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety. This year's Scarman lecture was entitled "Preventing equal participation. How the government’s Prevent strategy undermines democracy." Here's the second snippet from the talk by Prof. John Holmwood and Layla Aitlhadj.
Since 2008, Criminology at Leicester has invited high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety. This year's Scarman lecture was entitled "Preventing equal participation. How the government’s Prevent strategy undermines democracy." Here's a snippet from the talk by Prof. John Holmwood and Layla Aitlhadj.
Prevent and the narrative of ‘British values’ discriminates against minority faiths – in particular in education – and undermines the agency of all parents.
Government sympathy with the far-right can be proven by the way in which Prevent functions as a political tool.
Rishi Sunak is misleading the public and fear-mongering at a time when what we need is trust. Here's why his statistics are wrong.
Here's the key information you need to know about Prevent, from the perspective of Prevent Watch's senior caseworker and co-author of the People's Review of Prevent.
With the government review of Prevent delayed, it's time to examine what the leaks suggest.
Prevent’s “pre-crime” “risk-based” legal architecture delivered in the name of “keeping us safe” will bring an authoritarian future.
The latest Times piece on Prevent seriously misinterprets the Prevent strategy, writes Prof. John Holmwood. Times columnist, James Forsyth (‘Islamism is a greater threat than the far right’, June 16) seriously misrepresents the government’s Prevent strategy and its relation to counter-terrorism. He writes in anticipation of the publication of the much-delayed Shawcross Report which […]
The alternative rests in the realm of ideas and their healthy expression, writes Prof. John Holmwood. In the People’s Review of Prevent, we showed that Prevent is not working, but also that it couldn’t work. What, then, is its purpose? Why do some people continue to advocate for it and in terms that involve […]
Prevent was never about safeguarding, but nor is it about counter-terrorism, writes Layla Aitlhadj. Recent reports are suggesting that the long-awaited Shawcross Review on Prevent will recommend that Prevent is ‘re-focused’ as a ‘counter- terrorism programme’ rather than a ‘safeguarding scheme’. On the one hand, this is welcome news; it confirms what has […]