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Government to review Prevent programme

Ministers have announced an independent review of the government’s anti-terrorism Prevent programme.

On 16 September, the government said that the review, to be led by barrister and cross-bench peer Alex Carlile, would “make recommendations for the future of the government’s strategy for safeguarding those vulnerable to radicalisation”. Carlile was previously the government-appointed independent reviewer of terrorism legislation.

“This will include looking at how effectively Prevent is delivered at local and national levels, how effectively the Prevent statutory duty is being implemented, how it might be improved to respond to justified criticisms and complaints, and how it interacts with other safeguarding strategies,” the government said in a statement. The review, which is due to report to parliament by August 2020, will not look at past implementation of the programme.

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