The PRALT project on the prevention of juvenile radicalisation held an international experts meeting in Brussels

2017 Jan 13

On December 20th, 2016, the IJJO held an international experts meeting in Brussels for its project ‘PRALT – The Prevention of Juvenile Radicalisation: Promoting the use of alternatives to detention through judicial training’.

This project will address the issue of juvenile radicalisation in detention, within and outside the prison system, through the sharing of knowledge and good practices between judicial professionals and actors of several EU Member States (EUMS), especially those drawing on cross-sector collaboration. It is based on the assumption that efforts to promote disengagement from violence and extremism will be more effective if they build on existing structures for crime prevention and rehabilitation.

The activities proposed in this project, and especially the training programme, will therefore target in priority the judiciary and judicial staff: judges, prosecutors and court officers, as well as other legal practitioners and actors involved in the justice system: lawyers, probation officers, educators, mediators and policymakers, as being the group most susceptible of benefiting of, and implementing, knowledge and good practices shared and learnt through the project.

The meeting was the opportunity to discuss the approach taken by the IJJO and its consultants on the research and the Training Manual being drafted for the project.  The Training Manual will be composed of five volumes focusing on different aspects of youth radicalisation (of all natures) in Europe and will present validated and promising practices in use for various situations (primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, detention, community-based approaches, etc.). It will be used for the training of judicial professionals in the five partners’ countries, as well as for a European online training course.

Contributions were given on different subjects, such as the meaning of radicalisation for young people, and experiences from different countries within their national contexts, as well as from the professional expertise of the experts attending the meeting.

A fruitful discussion on the structure and content of the five volumes of the Training Manual ensued. All the feedback will be implemented in the drafting of this manual.

The IJJO and its consultants found the meeting very successful and would like to thank all attending experts for their contributions:

• Laetitia Nolet – Belgian Forum for Prevention & Urban Security –  Belgium

• Maartje Buter van Schyndel – Municipality of the Hague –  The Netherlands

• Ivo Lisitzki – Ministry of Justice and Constitution, Bremen – Germany

• Eduard Matt - Ministry of Justice and Constitution, Bremen – Germany

• Bernard de Vos – DGDE – Belgium

• Florence Brion – CAPREV – Belgium

• Valerio De Divitiis – IIJ – Malta

• Avril Calder – IAYFJM – Belgium/UK

• Frances Sheahan – Consultant – UK

• Els Dumortier– VUB – Belgium

• Lili-Anne De Jongh – IJJO Consultant

• Marzena Kordaczuk-Was – IJJO Consultant

The next steps of the project are the delivery of the Training Manual, as well as the organisation of three study visits and national seminars in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.