What is the PREVENT duty?
PREVENT is one strand of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy ‘CONTEST’, which concerns itself with preventing the ‘radicalisation’ of individuals towards ‘extremism’.
PREVENT has long been criticised as fundamentally racist and Islamophobic, targeting the Muslim community whilst eroding civil liberties for all as part of a clampdown on political dissent.
In February 2015 the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 put PREVENT on a statutory basis for the first time, imposing an obligation on public bodies (including universities, colleges, nurseries, prisons and the NHS) to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” through the strategy, known as the Prevent duty.
The Students Not Suspects and Educators Not Informants campaigns have been campaigning against PREVENT and towards getting the Prevent duty repealed.