The Radicalisation Awareness Network is an umbrella network connecting people involved in preventing radicalisation and violent extremism throughout Europe. Within RAN, first-line practitioners from different European countries can meet others in their area of expertise to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences on countering radicalisation and violent extremism.
Who is concerned?
RAN connects first-line practitioners, field experts, social workers, teachers, NGOs, civil society organisations, victims' groups, local authorities, law enforcement, academics and others.
How does it work?
The consortium dealing with RAN, financed by the European Commission, takes care of logistics, technical and administrative support.
RAN is structured around thematic working groups, driven by a Steering Committee (SC) chaired by the Commission. The SC includes the leaders of the working groups.
There are nine RAN Working Groups:
- Communication and Narratives working group (RAN C&N)
Focuses on the delivery of both on- and offline communication that offers alternatives or that counters extremist propaganda and/or challenges extremist ideas.
- Youth and Education working group (RAN Y&E)
Bringing together first-line education practitioners throughout Europe to empower them to counter radicalisation. Engaging with and empowering youth, communities and families to support the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism.
- Rehabilitation (RAN REHABILITATION)
Dealing with the process of moving from a radicalised and violent mindset and/or environment towards mainstream society.
- Local authorities working group (RAN LOCAL)
Involves local authorities who are in charge of coordinating practitioners at their local level and organising their multi-agency work and structures.
- Prisons Working Group (RAN PRISONS)
Supports practitioners in the prison sector who have a role in preventing radicalisation.
- Police and law enforcement working group (RAN POL)
Supports police and other law enforcement officials who are responsible for community related police work.
- Victims of Terrorism working group (RAN VoT)
Victims of terrorism (both targets of attacks and those who have lost a relative) are involuntary experts on the harm that violent extremism causes to humankind.
- Mental Health Working Group (RAN HEALTH)
The key challenge for the health sector is to interpret signs of radicalisation.
- Families, communities and social care working group (RAN FC&S)
Supports families, communities and social workers who have a role in preventing radicalisation and violent extremism.
- Steering Committee
The RAN Steering Committee is chaired by the European Commission and includes all working group leaders. The Steering Committee usually meets four times a year.
For the Working Group contact points, please see the contacts page