Multi-disciplinary approaches to support children growing up in violent extremist environments

Growing up in a family environment marked by violent extremism can impact children in numerous ways. It is therefore necessary to put into effect individually-tailored multi-disciplinary approaches to support these children’s reintegration. Children exposed to Islamist and far-right extremist narratives and violence, whether at home or in conflict zones, may experience varying levels of emotional […]

Trainings for first-line practitioners working in the field of violent extremism: An overview of good practices

First-line practitioners refers to professionals working in educational institutions, juvenile systems, youth and social care, and individuals working with children on a long-term basis. These professionals work with children and young people from a range of backgrounds including those exposed to and affected by violent extremism. First-line practitioners can play a key role in identifying […]

Rule-of-law and human rights-based approaches towards children of violent extremist parents

Rights of the Child According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, children should not be subject to discrimination on the basis of the religious or political beliefs of the parent(s). Yet, the societal bias, sensationalism, and exceptionalism often associated with violent extremism undoubtedly increases the risks of stigma and securitisation of […]

Risk and Protective Factors for Child Returnees – Insights from the PREPARE workshop

On the 11th of May, the first PREPARE workshop took place in The Hague, gathering insights from professionals from across Europe with expertise related to interactions with children who grow up in violent extremist families. Both unique and prominent risk and protective factors for the well-being of children returning from Syria or Iraq were a […]

Enhancing the resilience of vulnerable children exposed to violent extremist environments

PREPARE (Promoting collaborative policies of inclusion relating to children of far right and Islamist parents in Western Europe) is a new EU-funded project that started in January 2022. Funded by the European Commission, PREPARE is a response to the ISFP-2020-AG-RAD call, whose objective is to develop effective responses and tools to prevent and counter all […]