Prevent Strategy is a collection of work from practitioners – youth workers and the police – and academics researching Prevent. This book examines overcoming the stigma attached to Prevent being implicitly racist, problems related to the section 26 duty, training staff on Prevent, creating safe spaces to have open discussions, problems regarding extremists’ online activity, and the law surrounding freedom of expression.

Since its introduction, the UK’s Prevent strategy has been surrounded with controversy ranging from making the Muslim community a dangerous ‘suspect community’ to being another layer of police surveillance on individuals who have not been arrested or convicted of a crime. Despite amendments to the strategy – which now covers all forms of extremism – and adopting a multi-agency approach, these suspicions remain, exacerbated by the section 26 Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 duty on specified authorities to prevent vulnerable people being drawn towards terrorism.

This book's findings on the Prevent strategy will be an invaluable tool for staff in education, the health service, and the criminal justice agencies who carry out the section 26 duty. It will also appeal to academics and students studying the area of terrorism and security.

chapter |7 pages


chapter Chapter 1|21 pages

Youth work, radicalization, and Islam

Forming empathic spaces for young Muslim people to engage in discussions of so-called radicalisation and extremism of religious ideology, identity, and foreign policy

chapter Chapter 3|22 pages

Determining extremist behaviour

Differentiating between freedom of expression, legitimate political commentary, and hate

chapter Chapter 4|17 pages

Combating online extremist recruitment

The criminalisation of opinion and belief

chapter Chapter 5|22 pages

The role of the police in the Prevent strategy

The disparity between Prevent in practice and academic research

chapter |12 pages