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A Competence Model for the training of Youth workers preventing violent radicalization and extremism

A Competence Model for the training of Youth workers preventing violent radicalization and extremism

This proposal is the summary of the research process done in 2019. The full research will be availabe soon too.
The purpose of this exercise is to suggest a competence model, based on the Competence Model for Youth Workers to Work Internationally , useful for organizers of youth workers training courses in the field of prevention of violent radicalization and extremism.

It will be also a resource tool for the youth workers in assessing their own competences.
This is also the first attempt to formalize, with all the limitations that this entails, the difficult work
that all youth workers do in the context of preventing violent radicalization through the description
of the necessary competences.

The research has been presented during a webinar and you can listen to the researcher presentation here

NEW CALL: Community of Practice

NEW CALL: Community of Practice

Deadline extended!

In the frame of Youth Work against Violent Radicalisation and Extremism, French National Agency of Erasmus + programme and Salto EuroMed RC, on behalf of the Network, are launching a new call for create a Community of Practice that will gather practitionaires who would like to share their experiences, tools and methodology about youth work preventing violent radicalisation.

The Community of Practice will be a space not only of/for sharing but also to co-create content, methods or tools that could be implemented and contribute to the YWAVRE long term strategy.

The Community of Practice is aiming to gather practitionaire, youth workers, researchers, social media specialist, community representatives, teachers.. so wider and diverse group that can contribute in reaching out the main aim working and contributing from diverse perspectives and provide broader scope of experiences and competencies.

In this sense, the Community of Practice is open to a broader geographical scope.

Due the ongoing situation, some actitivities will be run online, but there are foreseen possibilities of face to face meetings too.

If you are interested and you would like to have more information, please read the full call here above and apply! (Link for the application in the call)

Deadline 16 April 2021 by 18.00

Partner Building Activity, “Match. Exchange. Develop. Youth Work against violent radicalisation and extremism”: day 1 online

Partner Building Activity, “Match. Exchange. Develop. Youth Work against violent radicalisation and extremism”: day 1 online

Today the P.B.A. organised in the frame of the partnership YWAVRE started and started online! After countless reflections and doubts, the trainers decided to face the challenge of facilitating this activity. online. Of course, there are limits, but also opportunities and we want to concentrate on collecting the elements of learning and growth of today.

A group rich in experience, passion and motivation met today to build possible future work paths based on a solid sharing of experiences and values.

Involved in associations or local organisation that work for the prevention of violent radicalization have shared the different areas of intervention (religious radicalization, far right extremism, nationalism …), but also and above all the importance of the context in which they work and which they must know in depth.

Today we spoke of the values or “what is guiding us” ​​in the work of preventing violent radicalization (in the various manifestations exemplified above). Very different values, but interconnected with each other. The importance of pacifism as an act of prevention against violent radicalization. Resilience, not as a skill or competence, but as a value that drives the action of the youth worker. Be promoters of positive values ​​and acceptance and appreciation of differences and not be afraid of them. Tolerance. Equality: not all kids/youth have the same opportunities. Working to reduce social inequalities is a goal that can lead to the reduction of violent radicalization as well as extremism.

The dialogue as practice the ability to exercise own rights peacefully. Ambiguity: in the sense of accepting that things have different meanings for different people. We have to exercise our understanding. We don’t have to “label” people: people are much more than the labels they wear or we make them wear.
“People are not part of the problem, but they are part of the solution” and prevention work must focus on the centrality of young people to create conditions of safety and a sense of belonging.

Youth work cannot intervene in this complexity alone, but the cross-sectorial approach becomes fundamental both at micro and macro level.
Much more emerged from the discussions, but this element of the values ​​and skills of the youth worker involved in prevention actions is a crucial theme in the long-term strategy and these elements have contributed greatly to new reflections.

Youth work against Violent Radicalisation: Competencies Development Training_ONLINE

Youth work against Violent Radicalisation: Competencies Development Training_ONLINE

The training will participant time, tools and input about the importance of growing community resilience that support the youth welbeing specially in critical social and political situation. The training, then, provided opportunities of sharing tools, reflecting about needed competencies and develop some of them and, specially, to valorise the experience already done on the field for reinforce the competencies.

During the activity will be introduced the competence model that a research group is validating and that would be used for further training curricula or professional developements in the field of youth work preventing violent radicalisation and extremism.

The role of youth work in this sense, is to activate process of community resilience that will facilitate the empowerment of youth toward situation of violent radicalisation.
Violence and violent radicalisation are phenomena to which youth are exposed and youth workers should develop specific competencies (or reinforce some) to develop a stronger counternarrative that will allow a stronger community resilience embracing them.

The activity is online during these working days: 12/13 October 2020 and 22/23 October 2020 as in this draft programme.

How to participate? Fill in this form by 3rd October 2020

DAY 1 – 12 October DAY 2 – 13 OctoberDAY 3 – 22 OctoberDAY 4 – 23 October
Morning1IntroductionOpeningPresentations (Getting to know the group)Wider context of YWAVRKeynote Invited expert – keynote on Radicalization today and required competencies to work on the themeResults from asynchronous workMy Competences-Self-assessment based on the modelWorkshops:Focusing on competencesOn toolsErasmus+ & ESC
Morning2Building a Common GroundUsing the card game to explore fundamental conceptsSharing our realities: Our work on the theme based on Practices/ Tools/ ApproachesMy organization-role of my organization;– organizational competences & limitations&My Community Competences-How competent is my community to work within such topic– exploring further the concept of community resilience– understanding my communityFollow up:Overall process & Coming opportunities& Networking for future cooperation
Afternoon1Model of Competences Expert intro to the processWorking groups on key areasErasmus+ Sharing how to use the programme and concrete outcomes


RAN Study visit to the Returnee Coordinators in Berlin and Hessen

RAN Study visit to the Returnee Coordinators in Berlin and Hessen

📣 Call for participants
If you are experienced with returnees, apply now for the next RAN online meeting where we will virtually “visit” two German Returnee Coordinators to get insights on how they handle returnees from Syria and Iraq. ➡️ https://bit.ly/37JE7O6
Deadline: 19/6

This is an online meeting that will take place on 23 June from 14:00-16:30 CET and 24 June from 14:00-16:30 CET

For the digital study visit to the Returnee Coordinators in Berlin and Hessen, we are currently looking for interested and suitable practitioners.

TOOL KIT Youth work against violent radicalisation and extremism

TOOL KIT Youth work against violent radicalisation and extremism

If you’re addressing issues related to violent radicalisation and extremism with young people, this new tool might be interesting for you: the newly developed card game aims to raise awareness of different factors and steps influencing the process of violent radicalisation and extremism and offers space for brainstorming about potential youth work strategies for generic prevention. The game consists of thematic cards that present various factors shaping the perceptions and minds of young people, which may influence the process of adoption of radical beliefs. It further presents strategies of prevention and case studies to be used as a basis for discussion. The game is part of a tool kit created jointly by several Erasmus+ youth National Agencies and SALTOs within a long-term project on this topic.

Thanks to Lana Pasic for the great work!

Or you can also download from SALTO PAGE

YWAVRE: evaluating 2019 and preparing 2020.

YWAVRE: evaluating 2019 and preparing 2020.

2019 comes toward its end and many things have been realised, but much more will come in 2020.

The National Agecies, SALTO RC, trainers and research met in Lubljana for evaluate the courrent year and get ready for the future plans and developements.


  • Beging of 2020 a card game named “Tool Kit about Youth Work against Violent Radicalisation and Extremism” will be printed out and distributed in the activities. The Tool Kit is an useful tool for exploring the multilevel factors of the process of radicalisation for youths and the role of prevention of youth worker.
  • Main outcomes of the research “Youth Work Against Violent Radicalisation and Extremism: competencies for youth workers”will be presented and tested during the activities and within an expert group.
  • The reseach published in 2017 would be integrated with new good practises: get ready if you work in the field to be part of this new consultation.
  • Two activities will be run in 2020:
    • YWAVR: competencies needed for youth workers in the preventive phase (draft title), Georgia, May 2020
    • Partnership Building Activity for foster quality international cooperation about preventive role of youth work, Germany, September/October 2020.

All the information will be share here or in the SALTO Training Calendar. Subscribe to this blog if you would like to get more updates in the coming weeks.

Belgium: behind the scene, study visit, Pannel

Belgium: behind the scene, study visit, Pannel

During the first working day, participants had the possibility to get an overall introduction about the situation and political approach about Radicalisation in Belgium.

First speakers of the Panel was Madeleine Guyot, children rights advisor for the French Speaking Belgium Community. She was introducing the

The second panelist was Silke Jaiminé: PhD on the constitution of counter-radicalisation policies at the local level in Belgium from an anthropological perspective at KU Leuven (IMMRC) and ULB. She worked on the role of the local policies in countering radicalisation. As the security is demanded to the local authorities, so for this reason naturally the local authorities became the referents point and responsibles for facing radicalisation of the youth in their territorities.

The third one who was closing was Danois Kenger from the University of Ghent. He put the focus on the importance of the role of context when we speak about radicalisation and specially the politicisation of radicalisation. Sometime the focus on radicalisation, doen’t allow to see the complex picture about youth and their challenges and their needs. He was suggesting to move from the topic of radilisation to the one of polarisation.

Youth work in Belgium plays a very important role at the local communities level and is a true added value in community developement. The youth workers are facing challeges in the new political and legal status. During the coming days, we are going to meet these youth workers and we are going to dicuss with them about their work, sucess and practises and their vision about radicalisation. This is very sensitive and political topic and make youth work political too. But we can not avoid to discuss about this topic even if ambigiouse because challenge our understanding of the reality, terms or our experience as youth workers about this topic.

There is a lot more to learn during this study visit about youth work role in preventing violent radicalisation, but also about our understanding of youth work values and added values when we came to radicalisation.

Federica Demicheli

Belgium behind the scene

Belgium behind the scene

Today is the first day of the Study Visit in Belgium. Twenty one participants from Program Countries and the Neighbouring Regions are metting for four working days sharing their working experiences, but also meeting youth workers and visiting projects in the area. Tomorrow we will visit MOVE project, The Street Caravan, Youth Center “Le Bazar”, Youth Center “Foyer des Jeunes des Marolles”. On Thursday 17th, we are going to move to Mechelen for visiting there several projects: De schijf, Stassaert, ROJM, INFORMATION OFFICER (POLICE).

The Study Visit is fostering reflection about the role of youth work in preveting phase, but also a self reflection about the youth workers’ competencies needed in this complex field of work.

Which are these competencies? Does non formal education has a specific role and which is its impact?

Follow us during this week!