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RAN PREVENT is the working group on early interventions to prevent violent extremism.


RAN PREVENT brings together front line practitioners working ‘on the ground’ with vulnerable people (under the age of 26) who can get involved in extremist behaviour and political violence.


The tasks of the RAN PREVENT working group are:

  • A document with good practice and interventions;
  • An e-learning facility where relevant actors can gather information, ask questions and start discussions;
  • One conference to disseminate learning;
  • 5 Workshops with practitioners, between September 2012 and December 2013;
  • A compilation of the most serious extremist violent actions in the participating countries and collecting the best available data possible on violent extremism among the youth.


Aim to discover any successful standard processes in working with vulnerable groups and see if these can be used in other European countries as well.

Working Group updates

  • RAN Prevent published Manifesto for Education with 24 recommendations
    On 3-4 March 2015, nearly 100 teachers and other educators from EU Member States (MSs) gathered in Manchester to discuss the role of schools and their contribution to preventing radicalisation. During the conference, titled Holding Difficult Conversations, Empowering Educators and School, a manifesto was drafted to help empower the very group of people who have the potential to be some of the most influential in the lives of our young people and to help them truly prevent violent extremism. As it is impossible for schools to solve the problem alone, at different levels (the educator, the school, the partners and the government) suggestions were made to inspire interventions that could start tomorrow (short term) and help establish a sustainable approach for the future (long term). This manifesto was drafted in view of the EU’s education ministers meeting in Paris on the 17th of April, which looked at, amongst others, preventing radicalisation and promoting a free, tolerant and inclusive society through education. Several media outlets reported on this RAN deliverable. The manifesto is a call to action for a sustainable response, and to ensure that successful practices that teachers have used in their classrooms will be acknowledged and supported. Some examples of the suggestions made in the manifesto are the training of teachers to detect radicalisation at an early stage, to provide them with the tools to hold conversations that enable pupils vulnerable to radicalisation to challenge violent extremism, to approach parents as partners and to include (online) content countering extremist propaganda, created by those credible to youth at risk of radicalisation. You can find the complete Manifesto for Education and the accompanying press release below.
  • RAN Prevent’s Manifesto for Education with no less than 24 proposals
    On 3-4 March 2015 in Manchester, the RAN Prevent working group organised a conference titled Holding Difficult Conversations, Empowering Educators and School. This conference focussed on schools and their contribution to preventing radicalisation, and on the empowerment of teachers and schools to deal with radicalisation and violent extremism in classrooms. Over 90 educators from close to all EU Member States attended the conference. One of the objectives was to discuss the content for a Manifesto for Education that will feed into both the first ever meeting of EU education ministers on radicalisation (Paris, 17 March 2015) and other processes of policy making, to ensure that the practices teachers have seen to work in their classrooms will be acknowledged and supported.

    You can find the Manifesto for Education Empowering Educators and Schools and a press release here below:
  • RAN Prevent preparatory meeting on Education event in March 2015
    On 10 December 2014, in Amsterdam the RAN Prevent working group leaders and the RAN Secretariat drafted the programme outline for the large scale education meeting that will be held on 3 and 4 March 2015 in Manchester. The aim of the meeting will be the empowerment of teachers and schools to deal with and prevent radicalisation and violent extremism. The event will seek to promote RAN and its members' learning and understanding of this issue, and will explore the role of networks to strengthen practice, knowledge exchange on principals, prerequisites, methods and practices. The meeting will focus on formal education in secondary schools and colleges (ages 12 to 19), but include informal learning as well, as the two need to come together. 70 practitioners working in schools on this topic, such as teachers, principals and education professionals from all MSs are foreseen to attend the March event. To stimulate knowledge exchange with policy makers, some 20 representatives of Education Ministries will also be invited.

Older updates

  • RAN PREVENT prepared to reach out to education.
    The RAN PREVENT meeting on 26 and 27 June in Barcelona focussed on education and how to empower teachers of secondary/high schools (pupils 12-20 year old) to hold conversations with individuals or groups in tense, sensitive or even highly challenging classrooms. The meeting prepared for a big RAN PREVENT meeting in March 2015 when the working group will reach out and engage with the educational field. The preparatory meeting honed practices and principles and learnings from the RAN PREVENT legacy.
  • RAN PREVENT will hold a meeting on 26-27 June in Barcelona. The meeting will focus on education and how to empower teachers of secondary/high schools (pupils 12-20 year old) to hold important but difficult conversations with individuals or groups in tense, sensitive or even highly challenging classrooms. This is a preparatory meeting bigger for a big RAN PREVENT meeting early 2015 where RAN PREVENT will reach out and engage with the educational field. This preparatory meeting will hone practices and principles and learnings from the RAN PREVENT legacy.
  • On 13-14 February 2014 in Prague, RAN PREVENT organised a meeting on hate crime, violent groups and prevention of violent extremism on a local level titled ‘From hate to violence’. There was a special focus on developments in the Central-Eastern Europe. Important insights from the meeting were the apparent lack of data on hate speech and hate crime (especially on the perpetrator side) in Europe and its evidence-based link to violent extremism. Also, throughout Europe, it can be observed that the extreme is becoming the mainstream through the use and ‘silent’ acceptance of hate speech and hate crime. Recognizing and countering hate speech and hate crime as well as enhancing the development of critical thinking and democratic values are key elements in preventing violent extremism.
  • On 19-20 November 2013, RAN PREVENT organised a small-scale study visit to the newest Member State – Croatia, to discuss prevention of radicalisation in postconflict areas. The meeting was attended by some 11 participants from the Balkans, Northern-Ireland and Spain. Discussion focused on the specifics of post-conflict areas with regard to preventing radicalisation and violent extremism. An important point was raised that it is the violence that has stopped in these regions, not necessarily the conflict. Therefore, when it comes to prevention, attention needs to be paid to the sources of continuous conflict (trauma’s, grievances, vulnerable societies etc.) and how these are passed on through generations. Dialogue and reconciliation work with trained and credible mediators, positive leadership, strong Civil Society that feeds bottom-up initiatives and sensitization to mental health care/trauma work came forward as important instruments to prevent future violence and extremism in post-violent conflict areas.
  • On 16-17 September RAN INT/EXT held a meeting in cooperation with RAN PREVENT on community engagement and working with families in relation to foreign fighters to Syria. The meeting took place in Antwerp and was attended by some 48 practitioners. The focus of the meeting was to share experiences between practitioners who engage with (diaspora) communities and/or work with families of radicalised individuals or foreign fighters with the aim of extracting lessons on both the practitioner and policy level. Some of the key factors in good practices that came forward were:
    • Match objectives with interventions tailored to the specific context;
    • Building trust is essential, work with existing networks/ relationships;
    • Use facilitators/ key figures that speak the language (literally and metaphorically) for outreach purposes;
    • Developing community engagement through coordinated multi-agency efforts. These and more conclusions of the meeting are brought together in the Declaration of Good Practices with Foreign Fighters for Prevention, Outreach, Rehabilitation and Reintegration.
  • On 13-14 June 2013, RAN PREVENT met in Berlin to discuss how to win the ‘hearts and minds’ of people at risk of being radicalised, with a special focus on Islamist extremism and far right extremism. The meeting was attended by some 20 practitioners. An exploration of the ‘spectrum of intervention’ consisted of introducing and discussing theoretical models in this field. It was concluded that there are no undisputed comprehensive models from a practitioner view, but they do help to understand and talk about radicalisation processes. Multiple practitioners and formers presented their initiatives to prevent radicalisation such as:
    • Upstanding Neighbourhoods: peer education approach as a method of providing a given neighbourhood with the tools to challenge extremist ideology.
    • Cypher A.D. 7: counter narrative film to influence young Muslims.
    • VAJA: Acceptance-based youth work with right wing orientated groups.
    • Haver: to promote social cohesion and minimising anti-Semitism through training and education programmes
  • One of the important aspects within the discussions was the relationship between government and community actors/NGO’s and the necessity of trust to make this relationship effective to prevent radicalisation.
  • On 11-12 April 2013, RAN PREVENT held its working group meeting in Athens, with some 40 attendees. A group of Greek professionals was invited to share their perspectives and experiences on preventing violent extremism in Greece. The role of educational projects throughout the EU was also discussed, and some promising practices were presented, such as BookFace (a Facebook duplicate specifically made to help teachers at secondary schools start discussions on violent extremism).
  • RAN PREVENT had its first meeting on 13-14 September 2012 in Budapest. Some 20 attendees exchanged promising practices. The significant contribution of former radicals to prevent others from radicalising was explored. There was discussion on the need of cooperation between practitioners with expertise on prevention on the one hand, and key persons/practitioners in communities at risk on the other hand.
  • RAN PREVENT policy recommendations   [289 KB] for the High Level Conference on January 29th 2013


Working Group leaders:

  • Kelly Simcock (United Kingdom)
  • Péter Krekó (Hungary)


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