Migration and Home Affairs

Health and Social Care Working Group (RAN H&SC)


The Health and Social Care sector plays an important role in the prevention of violent extremism. The key challenge for this sector is to interpret signs of radicalisation and help those individuals who might be at risk of being radicalised.

The RAN H&SC Working Group focuses on raising awareness within the health and social care sector and helping establish an effective network of health and social care practitioners across Member States. The group is also promoting partnerships  between front-line agencies in the Member States.


RAN Policy and Practice (Warsaw): Building resilience among young children

Holding difficult conversations: mental health work


Podcast — Meet a RAN practitioner #1 — Kinga Bialek, Cross-cultural Psychologist


After RAN activities and Working Group meetings, an ex-post paper highlights lessons learned, insights and follow-up initiatives.

RAN HSC Methods of evidence-based approaches, Amsterdam 21 December 2018 (also available in French and German)

RAN Policy & Practice Event, Building resilience among young children raised in extremist environments – specifically child returnees, Warsaw 04 July 2018

RAN H&SC Embedding social and health care workers into institutional structures, Munich 06-07 June 2018 (also available in French and German)

RAN H&SC PTSD, trauma, stress and the risk of (re)turning to violence, Lisbon 10-11 April 2018

RAN H&SC Risk assessment of lone actors, Mechelen 11-12 December 2017 (also available in French and German)

RAN H&SC meeting on Multi- or cross-cultural approaches to preventing polarisation and radicalisation, Dublin 04-05 July 2017

RAN YF&C and RAN H&SC Working with families and safeguarding children from radicalisation, Nice 02-03 February 2017 (also available in: Albanian | Macedonian | Serbian.)

RAN H&SC Meeting on children and youth, The effects of violent extremism on children, Hamburg 14-15 September 2016

RAN H&SC Handbook on How to set up a multi-agency structure that includes the health and social care sectors? Copenhagen, 18-19 May 2016

RAN H&SC Identifying and treating lone actors, Zagreb 27-28 January 2016


Working Group leaders:

  • René Zegerius, the Netherlands
  • Sergej Augustin Erdelja, Croatia

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