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Is an NGO - limited company and charity. (Charity Reg No: NI 18121 Charity Number: XN 48280). It operates primarily within the justice system and provides services to people in prison, people with criminal records, families of prisoners, children of prisoners as well as children at risk of coming into contact with the criminal justice system.

NIACRO also provides a wide range of policy comment with respect to matters that impact on its client group. It also engages significantly with the media and bases its interventions on evidence accrued primarily through its services. Hate crime features significantly in the Northern Ireland context – primarily sectarianism but also racism, homophobia, disability, faith and transgender.

The practice referenced above has and is resourced by funding from domestic, European and private sources e.g. Peace III, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and foundations/trusts. The total turnover for NIACRO is approximately £4m.(c. 5m Euro)

Type of Organisation: NGO

Project description

NIACRO's practice is located at the Hate Crime end of the spectrum of radicalisation and violent extremism, and can be evidenced in three projects. These are detailed below but essentially could be described as diversionary, community capacity building, engaging with perpetrators and utilising the experiences and insights of proxy and actual victims.

The practice across these three projects is based on casework, group work as well as community development. The practice has a strong connection to overcoming legislative, structural and attitudinal by engaging a wide range of social actors.

As stated previously NIACRO has developed practice across three areas dealing with prejudice and hostility. Northern Ireland is still emerging from a period of intense and prolonged conflict which is still continuing in alternative but still physically violent manifestations.

NIACRO has continually made the point that the radicalisation discourse does not sit comfortably in the Northern Ireland context. It is still a society that experiences significant amounts of violence based on prejudice and hostility on a daily basis.

NIACRO deals with these issues on many levels as described above but the language of exit strategies such as de-radicalisation and disengagement are not used in Northern Ireland.

  • Base 2 and STEM. These two projects are interlinked and deal with individuals and families who are under threat because of their race. The approach can be described as emergency intervention, development of host communities with respect to their capacity to host people from different ethnic backgrounds. The STEM element seeks to improve the social inclusion of people from ethnic minority backgrounds, removing barriers to integration and encouraging participation in society.
  • Challenge Hate Crime – the approach of this project is holistic and follows the logic of open – process intervention work as opposed to cognitive behavioural training. It is based on voluntary participation, informed intervention, engages in individual casework, narrative methods and involves victims of hate crime either directly or by proxy through restorative processes if appropriate.

As stated above Northern Ireland does not use the language of countering radicalisation as directly and explicitly. However, NIACRO does deal directly with the causes of having armed paramilitary groupings and has a history of working with these groupings, their political wings and governments in terms of dealing with the NI conflict and its outworkings.


See Challenge Hate Crime 12 reports on NIACRO's websites. Accompanying DVDs are available on request.

These contain handbooks, training manuals, analyses at local and European level.

Specific staff is prepared to share the work of the three projects referenced above.

Contact details


4 Amelia Street, Belfast,
Northern Ireland BT2 7GS,
United Kingdom

Contact person: Pat Conway – Director of Services
Telephone: (+44) (2890) 320157

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