The RAN is a network frontline practitioners who work daily with both those vulnerable to radicalisation and those who have already been radicalised. As civil society representatives, social workers, youth workers, teachers, healthcare professionals, local authority representatives, police officers and prison officers, they are engaged in both preventing and countering violent extremism in all its forms and rehabilitating and reintegrating violent extremists.
Since it was founded in 2011, the RAN has attracted over 2,000 practitioners, who collectively represent all EU Member State.
The RAN organises a number of thematic Working Groups for frontline practitioners so that they may share their extensive knowledge, first-hand experiences and approaches with one another, and peer review each other’s work.
The RAN also produces a series of papers, which are shared with its network of frontline practitioners, which both highlight the lessons learned, insights and recommendations from Working Group meetings, and consolidate RAN’s knowledge and expertise.
Preventing and countering violent extremism involves more than surveillance and security. The influencing efforts of terrorists and violent extremists do not stop at national borders; neither should our efforts to undermine the radicalisation and recruitment of future terrorists.
The European Commission's Communication on Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism as well as the European Agenda on Security provide the policy framework for the EU's prevention policies.
The RAN is funded by the EU Commission’s Internal Security Fund - Police.
The European Commission manages a consortium of external partners which provide logistics, technical and administrative support.