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Independent Review of Prevent: call for evidence

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This call for evidence reopened at 5.30pm on 24 March 2021. It previously ran for 9 weeks from 4pm on 7 October 2019 to 11:45pm on 9 December 2019.

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Consultation description

This consultation’s closing date has been extended and now closes at 11:59pm on 9 June 2021.

During the passage of the Counter Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, the government committed to carrying out an Independent Review of Prevent. William Shawcross was appointed as the Reviewer on 26 January 2021.

The Review will critically examine and report on the government strategy for supporting people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism as set out in CONTEST, June 2018. The Terms of Reference and the ways of working page, both published in March 2021, provide more detail on the scope of the Review, and the way in which it will be carried out.

Who is the call for evidence for?

This is an open call for evidence. We want to hear a broad range of opinions, expertise and experience from those who can offer an insight into what Prevent means, how it works, and how it affects individuals, organisations and communities.

This includes:

  • those working to deliver Prevent locally and nationally
  • those responsible for implementing the statutory Prevent Duty, for example health care professionals, schools and higher education institutions
  • civic groups and charitable organisations
  • research and academic institutions with an interest in Prevent

We also want to hear from individuals who have been referred to, or accessed, Prevent services, and parents, carers, friends, or others close to those individuals.

We would also like to hear from members of the public and communities who are crucial voices in thinking about how we, as society, can best safeguard those vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

How to submit your response

This call for evidence is published as an online survey for ease of use and to support subsequent analysis of the evidence against the Review’s Terms of Reference. Please follow the link to the survey below and submit your views. Accessible versions or alternative methods of submission can be made available if required by contacting the Review team at

The deadline for the call for evidence is 11:59pm on 9 June 2021.

Please do not submit referrals or queries about specific cases as part of this survey. To make a Prevent referral, or to find out more about where you can get support, please contact your local police force or local authority. More information is available from ACT Early.

Data Use and Confidentiality

The Independent Review will act in accordance with the Review’s Privacy Notice. All submissions to the call(s) for evidence can be submitted anonymously. Should you choose to include personal details they will be anonymised before publication. Personal data will not be disclosed to third parties unless the law requires it, and you will not be identifiable from any published reports, except with prior permission.

Analysis of the evidence submitted may be used as part of the report of the Independent Review, which will be published.

Published 7 October 2019
Last updated 26 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. This consultation’s closing date has been extended and now closes at closes at 11:59pm on 9 June 2021.

  2. Reopened call for evidence. Open for submissions until 11:59pm on 26 May 2021.

  3. Added message confirming Lord Carlile is no longer the Independent Reviewer of Prevent.

  4. First published.