The Danish effort in preventing radicalisation and violent extremism (CVE) is primarily organized in the SSP-network. The goal of the SSPnetwork is to prevent criminal activity and behaviour among youngsters. The network consists of members of the social services, schools and police.
In 2009 the initial SSP-network was by law supplemented with the PSP-network. PSP is comprised of the local Police (P), Social Services/social psychiatry (S) and Psychiatry (P) and has its target group on vulnerable people with a psychiatric diagnosis in risk of recurring criminal activity.
The PSP-project is located within The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration and is driven in close collaboration with the Ministry for Immigration, Integration and Housing, Ministry of Health and The Danish Security and Intelligence Services. The project is thus a governmental initiative but offered to the key organisations in the Danish local crime-prevention network.
The PSP-project is also government funded and the participants don’t pay a tuition fee to participate. The included organisations aren’t compensated for sending their employees to attend the two-day course.
The National Board of Social Services
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Tailor made training course for the PSP-network
The overall and primary goal of the project is to reduce potential radicalisation among vulnerable people with psychiatric and/or mental diagnosis in Denmark. It is difficult to measure as to whether the tailor-made course is sole responsible for a given effect in reducing the number of people in risk of radicalisation. Recognizing this difficulty the project is working with three secondary goals for the training course for key PSP-members.
First, the aim of the tailor-made two-day training course is to raise the awareness of radicalisation among key members of the PSP-network as well as to give them knowledge of radicalisation as a social, psychological and political phenomenon. Second, the course aims at giving the participants knowledge of the Danish strategy and methods in preventing radicalisation in general as well as among mentally vulnerable people. Last, the course aims at giving the participants knowledge of the standard-operating-procedure in organisation and communication confronted with a concern of possible radicalisation.
As part of the project the working group has developed a two-day training programme focusing on how to work with vulnerable people in the PSP-target group.
The training programme/tailor-made course is organized so as to give a comprehensive introduction to risk factors, signs of concern and motivation and prevention of radicalisation among mentally vulnerable people.
The perspectives cover the division of labour among social workers, police officers and psychiatry as well as the methods at work in these professions respectively.
The courses are organised and provided jointly by The Danish Security and Intelligence Service/PET (The Preventive Security Department) and The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration/SIRI and specifically address upgrading radicalization knowledge and prevention competencies for professionals.