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Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation - Call for Examples and Inspiring Practices

We are inviting youth workers, youth-led organisations and NGOs for youth, informal groups, institutions and public authorities, implementing social, cultural, educational, political and sports-related activities through youth work, to send us your case studies and examples of practice highlighting mechanisms of addressing and preventing youth violent radicalisation.

Within a long-term strategy about youth work against violent radicalisation, involving various European countries and Europe's neighbouring regions, this mapping exercise aims to showcase positive ways and initiatives in which youth violent radicalisation can be addressed.

Deadline: 15 May 2017

Violent radicalisation among young people has become a growing issue of concern in Europe and its neighbouring regions. There has been a notable increase in hate speech, incidence of hate crimes and attacks on migrants and refugees, propaganda and violent xenophobia, as well as rise in religious and political extremism and terrorist attacks in Europe. All of these emerging concerns have highlighted the urgent need to work with young people, in order to identify and address root causes of extremism, and prevent their violent radicalisation.

There are various ways in which youth workers, NGOs, institutions, religious leaders and other civil society actors are addressing the issue of youth violent radicalisation, and are working on increasing young people’s resilience. Youth work is particularly important in this regard as one of the instruments against violent radicalisation, due to direct access youth workers have to young people, and their ability to support their development, promote democratic principles, active citizenship, and inclusion, and help youth become active participants in society.

In order to examine how different actors have been dealing with potential violent radicalisation of young people, the SALTO EuroMed, SALTO EECA and SALTO SEE Resource Centres, the National Agencies of Erasmus +: Youth in Action of Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland, and European Union and Council of Europe Youth Partnership have come together to research and showcase positive ways and initiatives in which youth violent radicalisation can be addressed and prevented, and examine how we can strengthen the role of different actors, in an attempt to compile a long-term strategy about youth work against violent radicalisation.

The focus is on prevention, supporting and empowering young people to deal with challenges they face and strengthening their resilience, in Europe and neighbouring regions. Our goal is to draw lessons, conclusions and recommendations regarding the needs and challenges of youth work at different levels, which will be compiled and published electronically after a Conference on Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation in Malta, in November 2017.

In order to do that, we would like to invite youth workers, youth-led organisations and NGOs for youth, informal groups, institutions and public authorities, implementing social, cultural, educational, political and sports-related activities through youth work, to read the selection criteria and respond to questionnaire with their examples of practice by 15 May 2017. We are looking for case studies and inspiring examples highlighting mechanisms of addressing and preventing youth violent radicalisation from the European countries, but also from four neighbouring regions: Western Balkans, Russia, Eastern Partnership Countries, and Southern Mediterranean. Particular attention will be paid to the role of youth work in combating violent radicalisation of youth in countries commissioning the research: Poland, France, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Estonia, Great Britain and Italy, and four neighbouring regions. Regional initiatives and collaborations against violent radicalisation are also very welcome to send their practices.

Selected cases and examples of practice will be invited to present their work at a Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation conference in Malta, from 27 November – 1 December 2017. 

If you have any questions, please .

To participate in this research and send us your practice, please complete the QUESTIONNAIRE here by Monday, 15 May 2017

You can read the questions below to see what we would like to learn about, but please send us your practice example through the online questionnaire!!

Filling in the questionnaire requires prior registration in MySALTO, which is easy and free of charge.

SALTO will ensure confidentiality of information and personal data submitted through this questionnaire. Selected examples will be contacted for further details and relevant documentation.

Questions

BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

  1. Name of institution/organisation/group/youth workers, address, country, contact details
  2. What is your mission? (2-3 sentences)

WORKING WITH YOUTH

  1. Which groups of young people do you work with and where? (1 paragraph)
  2. Give some brief examples of your past activities. (1 paragraph)

ADDRESSING VIOLENT YOUTH RADICALISATION

  1. What type of violent radicalisation do you try to address (e.g. religious, ethnic, political etc.)? (1 paragraph)
  2. What are some of the main causes and reasons for youth violent radicalisation you are working on? (1 paragraph)
  3. What types of tools, approaches and mechanisms do you use in working on preventing violent radicalisation of young people (e.g. peer education, human rights and democratic citizenship education, using positive role models, Erasmus + programmes etc)? (1-2 paragraphs)
  4. What are the major challenges you encounter in your work aiming to prevent violent radicalisation of young people? (1 paragraph)
  5. What would you need to be more effective in your work? (1 paragraph)

SELECTED EXAMPLE

  1. Please provide an example of a project/activity/initiative which is particularly relevant/successful – title and main characteristics (duration, mechanisms, tools used and outcomes) (2-3 paragraphs)
  2. Space for links and/or additional information

SET OF CRITERIA

In coherence with the institutional and conceptual frame of Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation research, the criteria for selecting inspiring practices, initiatives, projects and long-term processes addressing violent radicalisation of young people are:

  • Practices implemented by youth workers, organisations and institutions working with young people in one of the member states of the European Union and European Economic Area, or one of the countries of the four neighbouring regions: Western Balkans, Russian Federation, Eastern Partnership Countries or Southern Mediterranean.
  • Practices addressing different forms of violent radicalisation (urban violence, emergence of a violent sub-culture, right and left political extremist violence, nationalist violence, religiously motivated violence…) and different manifestations (verbal violence, damage of public goods, violent rallies, physical aggressions and murders, mafia-type activities, terrorist acts).
  • Practices addressing one of the stages of violent radicalisation with the focus on preventing and addressing violent radicalisation in early stages; before or when there is a moral commitment to it.
  • Practices addressing different factors influencing violent radicalisation. Those are of very different nature and in line with many “traditional” working fields in youth work like intercultural dialogue, social inclusion, identity, anti-racism and anti-discrimination, conflict management, rejection of violence – peace promotion etc. The focus will be on practices addressing directly and explicitly violent radicalisation and/or reacting to its manifestations.
  • Practices that may be operating in the so called “opportunities” or spaces where violent radicalisation can emerge such as the internet, prisons, sporting or music events and in relation to extreme religious or political groups.
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