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With summer now upon us the work of practitioners does not stop. As Europe is slowly emerging from quarantine, practitioners look to assess and address the impact of the crisis on communities and individuals alike. While many have been able to find innovative ways to continue to do their work, including capitalising on the digitalisation of activities, many will now start meeting people and delivering interventions face-to-face again for the first time in months.

A number of RAN activities in the coming months will therefore explore the effect of the crisis and approaches to building community cohesion and the resilience of individuals to polarising and radicalising influences. As travel and movement restrictions are lifted, it brings the topic of returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) and their families – ‘returnees’ – into sharper focus. This month we begin to take a closer look at the topic, what the key challenges are and how RAN will address this topic over the summer period.


Returnees

Film

A short five-minute film, produced by RAN, provides an introduction to the topic of returnees. We hear from four voices who offer different perspectives on the challenge facing EU Member States today, including a policymaker, a researcher, a practitioner working with returnees in prisons and a practitioner working in communities. The voices touch upon the process of rehabilitation and reintegration and the policy around women and children.

You can view the films in full here.


Paper

A new RAN paper provides insights for local P/CVE coordinators and communications experts on how to use communications to address the challenge in communities posed by the return of FTFs and their families. The paper specifically focuses on the communications challenge that local authorities face. The paper draws on the insights gathered from participants at the RAN LOCAL online meeting on 25th-26th May 2020.

Read the paper in full here.


Roadmap

A RAN roadmap on returnees points practitioners to existing material produced by RAN over recent years, including the ‘Responses to Returnees’ Manual, through Working Group meetings, issue papers, study visits and other activities. The roadmap is a live document which will be regularly updated to inform practitioners on future activities in 2020 and beyond.

The roadmap can be viewed here.


Study Visits

Over the summer, RAN will be organising a series of ‘Study Visits’ that will give RAN members the opportunity to learn from and exchange experiences with practitioners from outside of the EU. Digital visits to Australia and Canada will give members the chance to hear from organisations delivering innovative approaches to manage the return of FTFs and their families, and the chance to interact with similar networks of practitioners in these countries. More information to follow.


Rehabilitation

Manual

A new RAN Manual offers guidance to practitioners regarding the rehabilitation of radicalised and terrorist offenders, inside as well as outside of prison. The Manual provides a comprehensive overview of the chronological phases of rehabilitation. The various actors contributing to rehabilitation processes are offered a structured assessment of important points of attention.

Read the manual in fullhere.


Webinars

Since May 2020, RAN has been hosting a new series of webinars which explore in detail some of the key publications produced by RAN. So far, these webinars have looked at the GAMMMA+ model and the RAN YOUNG programme. The latest two webinars took participants through the new RAN Rehabilitation Manual, published in June 2020.

Watch all of these webinars in full here.



Roadmaps

In 2020, RAN is focusing its efforts on four priority P/CVE topics, including violent right wing extremism, violent Islamist extremism, returning women and children, and prisons and rehabilitation. To help practitioners discover more about these topics, RAN is producing a series of ‘roadmaps’ which point practitioners to the most relevant and interesting content produced by RAN in recent years, including Working Group meetings, study visits, issue papers, manuals and factbooks. Later in 2020, the content hosted on the RAN website will be reorganised according to these priority themes and many others.

The roadmaps can be viewed here.


Case study

A short article describes an initiative in France which used film to engage young people in schools on the topic of radicalisation. A film by the Dardenne brothers, ‘Young Ahmed’, was used as a means to increase awareness among young people of radicalising influences and to get them to think critically about the choices they make.

The article, which provides further reading on the topic, can be read in full here.



Upcoming events

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, RAN will continue to deliver all Working Group meetings in the coming months online. Further information will be published in future Updates. The full list of upcoming meetings is available on the RAN website.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Ask me anything about…Online dialogue

CSEP webinar

2 September 2020

The CSEP digital sessions aim to provide participants with in-depth answers to questions surrounding the elements of a campaign based on the GAMMMA+ model.


Ask me anything about…Safety

CSEP webinar

2 September 2020

The CSEP digital sessions aim to provide participants with in-depth answers to questions surrounding the elements of a campaign based on the GAMMMA+ model.


Ask me anything about…Staying Innovative

CSEP webinar

10 September 2020

The CSEP digital sessions aim to provide participants with in-depth answers to questions surrounding the elements of a campaign based on the GAMMMA+ model.


Ask me anything about…Storytelling

CSEP webinar

10 September 2020

The CSEP digital sessions aim to provide participants with in-depth answers to questions surrounding the elements of a campaign based on the GAMMMA+ model.


The Use of Videogaming by (Violent) Extremists – strategies and narratives

WG C&N

15-17 September 2020

This meeting will explore how extremists use video-gaming platforms to recruit new members. It will also review the platforms they use and how this relates with secondary infrastructure that might be used to differentiate between open (YouTube) or closed communication channels (Discord).


Help and Hotlines

WG FC&S

16-17 September 2020

The objective of the meeting is to gather insights from practitioners working on online and telephone hotlines and helplines in P/CVE.


Update of RWE exit and probation programmes

WG Rehabilitation

16-17 September 2020


Ask me anything about…YouTube/Google

CSEP webinar

17 September 2020

The CSEP digital sessions aim to provide participants with in-depth answers to questions surrounding the elements of a campaign based on the GAMMMA+ model.


Ask me anything about…Twitter

CSEP webinar

17 September 2020

The CSEP digital sessions aim to provide participants with in-depth answers to questions surrounding the elements of a campaign based on the GAMMMA+ model.


Digital study visit to Australia

Study visit

23 September 2020


RAN YOUNG Review panel

RAN YOUNG

23-24 September 2020


(Post-) COVID narratives that polarise

RAN Youth & Education meeting

24-25 September 2020

The aim of this meeting is to equip youth workers and teachers with tools and methods to deal with polarising narratives.


Prison mental health

WG Health

25 September 2020


VRWE in the local strategy

WG LOCAL

28 September 2020

The aim of this meeting is to exchange experiences and good practices, as well as to discuss how to address VRWE in local communities and how to create or adapt the local action plan to VRWE issues.


Digital study visit to Canada

Study visit

28-29 September


Lone actors

WG POL

29-30 September 2020


Discussion groups between VoT and detainees

WG VoT Multi

29-30 September 2020


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