RAN Deradicalisation (DERAD) is the working group which focuses on first-line workers who are involved in deradicalisation processes.
First-line deradicalisation is intended for perpetrators in prison and probation and young people who are close to violent extremist and radicalised circles. The working group looks into all forms of extremism, including religious extremism and gangs. NGOs of specialized practitioners are very innovative and successful in their deradicalisation efforts. Therefore, they will be key to success in deradicalisation. But it is crucial that statutory first-line practitioners are represented in RAN DERAD as well. This means prison and probation staff and police,representatives, especially those involved in community policing and police crime prevention.
The objective of this working group is to exchange European best practices and approaches and communicate how deradicalisation interventions should work.
RAN DERAD poses some basic questions and issues on “first-line deradicalisation”:
The group will focus on the methods and tools used in the different national and regional contexts as regards deradicalisation work. This may lead to an analysis about the key factors and general guidelines of successful first-line deradicalisation work in various contexts. From there, training programs for practitioners will be developed.
RAN Derad brought together practitioners from Baltic States, Finland and Poland
Participants from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland and Poland gathered in Riga (LV) on 16-17 April 2015. Local practitioners shared their experiences. This region is affected by radicalisation on a limited scale, but there are growing concerns regarding Foreign Fighters and the affiliation to groups in the Ukraine. Specific tools, measures and practices to better signal radicalisation are being developed for this region, but the challenge is to better understand this phenomenon and deal with the limited information present. Another necessity is to strengthen the collaboration between the government or national authorities, such as police, and NGO’s and welfare organisations in order to improve the chain of referrals. The RAN Derad working group helped further develop the local practitioners’ approaches, encouraged exchange, and promoted an up-skilling of de-radicalisation work in this region of Europe.
Working Group leaders: