Prevent has failed. Time for some new ideas

In the aftermath of the Manchester attack, questions are being raised about the efficacy of the government’s counter-extremist Prevent programme. Friends of bomber Salman Abedi had reportedly contacted an official anti-terrorism hotline after becoming concerned about his behaviour. Senior members of the mosque he attended referred him to a Prevent team years before the attack. In response to these revelations, home secretary Amber Rudd says she will ‘uplift’ Prevent to make sure it has ‘effective outcomes’ in the communities it targets.