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Prevent: Safeguarding or spying?

A panel discussion of leaders from law, education and health professions

Date: Friday 28 April 2017

Time: 18.45 - 20.30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP

Speakers: Max Hill QC, Hashi Mohammed, Kevin Courtney, Ismet Rawat and Dr Derek Summerfield


'Prevent' is one of the four elements of 'Contest', the UK Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy. The other three elements are Pursue, Protect and Prepare.

'Prevent' aims to prevent people from becoming terrorists and/or supporting terrorist activities and to challenge extremist ideologies. There are widespread concerns however over the effectiveness of the strategy. This has led to growing voices from across several sectors of society that the strategy is leading to 'spying' on Muslim and other communities. Furthermore there have been delays recently in Prime Minister Theresa May's upcoming Counter Extremism Bill which has in effect been grounded as government lawyers fail to provide a legally-acceptable definition of extremism.

Featuring leading professionals from the law, health and education professions, Prevent: Safeguarding or spying? will explore the current status and future developments in this field and what the impacts for British society are likely to be.


Organisational partners

Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)

Association of Muslim Lawyers (AML)

British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA)

Muslim Engineers Network (MEN)



Max Hill QC - Independent Reviewer of Government Legislation on Terrorism

Hashi Mohamed - Special Advisor to previous Independent Reviewer, David Anderson QC

Kevin Courtney - National Union of Teachers

Ismet Rawat - Association of Muslim Lawyers

Derek Summerfield - Consultant Psychiatrist, King's College


Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser: