Working with families and safeguarding children from radicalisation

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Radicalisation Awareness Network


The aim of this paper is to support and offer guidance to policy-makers and practitioners responsible for the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism in family settings, especially those involving (young) children. This guidance is the result of shared insights, lessons, practical examples and policy recommendations from the field. The toolkit focuses on families and children dealing with radicalisation in a wide range of scenarios: - families that have one or multiple family members who are vulnerable to a process of radicalisation (including children and young adults); - families where one or multiple family members have taken extremist actions such as leaving their home to join an extremist group (including children and young adults); - families and children that have fled areas affected by terrorist groups; - families where one or multiple family members are in prison, convicted of terrorist (related) crimes. This paper addresses extremism based on different ideologies (religiously inspired extremism, rightwing extremism, left-wing extremism, nationalist extremism). In many cases, the challenges and responses described in this toolkit are applicable across the board. If not, this will be specifically indicated.


Radicalisation Awareness Network

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Radicalisation Awareness Network, “Working with Families and Safeguarding Children from Radicalisation” (Radicalisation Awareness Network, February 3, 2017), https://www.cvereferenceguide.org/en/resource/working-families-and-safeguarding-children-radicalisation.


Countering Violent Extremism


Frances Breidenstein

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