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The Independent Review of Prevent is reviewing the government's strategy for supporting people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.


The Independent Reviewer of Prevent William Shawcross wants to hear from as wide a range of people as possible to help inform his final report and has announced plans for virtual public engagement events.

These events provide an opportunity for the public to have their say on Prevent, informing the recommendations submitted to government, and to share their views on key issues, including:

  • what is the impact of Prevent on individuals, families and communities?

  • what are the criticisms and complaints about Prevent?

  • is Prevent tackling the causes of radicalisation?

  • should there be a strategy aimed at supporting those vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and what should it look like?


Mr Shawcross, said that he was conducting his review ‘without fear or favour’ and would encourage anyone with a knowledge of Prevent, either through lived experience, or their paid or voluntary work to attend and share their thoughts.

“I know there is a huge range of viewpoints and I am happy to hear from advocates and critics and everyone in between.


“It is important to me that I hear all the evidence, so I can make recommendations on how to better support people to turn away from terrorism and help keep the public safe. Please do consider taking part; this is your opportunity to make your voice heard.”


Each event will be held virtually on an online video platform, Zoom, which can be accessed by a smartphone, laptop or tablet. Phone dial-in details will also be available if needed. You will need to pre-register for events and places are limited so we may not be able to offer a place to everyone who wishes to attend. We therefore encourage you to register early.


To register to attend an engagement event, please see below:


If you are not able to attend a public event but want to share your thoughts you can contact the Review team at: