Eroding Trust: The UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education

Eroding Trust: The UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education

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Eroding Trust: The UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education is the most comprehensive independent assessment to date of the workings of the UK government’s Prevent counter-extremism strategy.

Established to “stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism,” Prevent has imposed since 2015 a statutory duty on health and education bodies to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.”

The report concludes that the strategy creates a serious risk of human rights violations and is also counterproductive. It argues that its application in schools, colleges, and healthcare institutions is damaging trust: between teachers and students; between doctors and patients; and between the police and members of the UK’s Muslim community, whose support is an essential element of counterterrorism efforts.