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Home Office written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Prevent programme.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister of State, Home Department

We regularly evaluate the effectiveness of Prevent interventions to build the evidence base for what works. This year we are evaluating the impact of a number of Prevent community projects, on tackling the causes of radicalisation, and are also conducting an evaluation of the Desistance and Disengagement Programme, to understand what is working to disengage and rehabilitate those already engaged in terrorism.

In addition, on 12 August 2019, the Home Secretary appointed Lord Carlile to review the Government Strategy for supporting people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Lord Carlile will examine Prevent work in action and will be hearing views from supporters, critics and everyone in between, to see evidence of what is and isn’t working and build an evidenced set of recommendations. The terms of reference published on confirm Lord Carlile will consider, among other things, the effectiveness of Prevent and its delivery. It is a statutory requirement that the Review report be published, and its recommendations formally responded to, by 12 August 2020.

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