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BOUNCE resilience tools

Target Audience
Youth/pupils/studentsFirst responders or practitionersFamilies
key themes association
(Early) preventionVulnerable youth and youth engagement in P/CVE
Peer Reviewed practice


BOUNCE is coordinated by the Belgian Federal public service of Home Affairs, and was developed in collaboration with Belgian non-profit organisation Arktos.

Type of Organisation: Other

Project description

BOUNCE is a package of three interconnected and complementary tools (BOUNCEyoung, BOUNCEalong and BOUNCEup) targeting youngsters and their social environment. The tools were developed as early prevention for (vulnerable) youngsters, to strengthen resilience against violent radical influences and to raise awareness of these issues in their social environment.

BOUNCE was developed in the STRESAVIORA project (Strengthening Resilience Against Violent Radicalisation), that was funded by the European Commission and published in 2014. Since 2018, the focus was broadened to include early prevention of risk behaviour in a broader sense.

The BOUNCE tools can be used as a program for preventing violent radicalisation and other social issues like aggression and bullying as victim or actor, demotivation, substance abuse and addiction, skipping or dropping out of school, depression or delinquency. BOUNCEyoung is a resilience training programme for youngsters.

Resilience is a proven protective factor in the prevention of risk behaviour, and therefore of violent radicalisation. In 10 (inter)active group trainings, youngsters train and strengthen different aspects of resilience. By engaging in a mix of action and reflection, participants consolidate and hone a wide range of skills and competences, linking them to personal experiences.

BOUNCEalong is an awareness-raising tool for parents and frontline workers. The tool provides work forms that raise awareness and contains tips and insights. It covers topics such as 'a positive point of view', 'strengthening resilience', 'resilient relations and communication', 'concerns and challenging situations', and 'information and support'. A newly revised version of the tool and training was published in 2019.

BOUNCEalong awareness-raising actions are intended to be carried out alongside BOUNCEyoung trainings, but can also be initiatives that stand on their own. BOUNCEup is a train-the-trainer tool for frontline workers that enables them to work with the other two BOUNCE tools.

With this three-day programme, trainers actively learn to work with BOUNCEyoung and BOUNCEalong tools and are supported in implementing these tools within an integral approach that is tailored to the needs of the target groups.


The BOUNCE manuals can be downloaded (copyright free) from the project website. They are introduced in a short presentation video.

The manuals are:

  • BOUNCEyoung: resilience training tool for youngsters with 10 in-depth active group training sessions.
  • BOUNCEalong: awareness-raising tool for parents and frontline workers.
  • BOUNCEup: train-the-trainer tool for frontline workers.

For the final conference in March 2018, a paper on the state of play of prevention training in Europe was published. The paper, titled 'Evaluating the BOUNCEup Tool: Research Findings and Policy Implications'.

Contact details


Valkerijgang 26
3000 Leuven, Belgium

Contact person: Tom David
Telephone: +32 486 15 49 01
Email | Website

Read the full practice

26 MAY 2021
BOUNCE resilience tools
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