As many EU Member States once again grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, practitioners are having to deal with the impact it is having on vulnerable individuals. In particular, the pandemic, and the lockdown measures put in place to deal with it, continue to put a significant strain on people’s mental health, with many feeling increased levels of stress, anxiety, fear and loneliness. As a result, more people are facing mental health issues than ever before. Mental health as a contributing factor in the P/CVE challenge is rapidly being understood. In this month’s RAN Update therefore, we take a look at this important topic. The Update features a Spotlight magazine, the RAN Practitioners Handbook on Extremism, Radicalisation & Mental Health and a series of the latest papers.
In the latest edition of the RAN Practitioners Spotlight magazine – which features a series of articles, case studies and interviews with practitioners – we take a look at the topic of mental health in the context of P/CVE.
The publication hears from a range of practitioners working in the field, including the leads of the RAN Practitioners Working Group on Mental Health, on different aspects of the challenge, including the impact of COVID, the challenge for psychologists working in prison and ethical practices, among others.
A RAN Practitioners Handbook on Extremism, Radicalisation & Mental Health, produced in 2019, was produced as an aid for clinical forensic practitioners working with individuals who present both an extremism risk/vulnerability and a mental illness.
However, the handbook also provides insights for all practitioners working in P/CVE on the different forms of mental health illnesses and psychological disorders, and outlines the link between mental health and radicalisation.
High Level Conference & RAN Plenary
We are happy to announce that the dates for the RAN High Level Conference & RAN Plenary have now been confirmed:
- The High Level Conference 2021 (10 Years of RAN) will take place on Tuesday 12 October 2021 (afternoon)
- The Plenary 2021 will be held on Wednesday 13 October 2021.
Both events will be in a hybrid or online format. Please keep an eye on the RAN Website for further updates.
Due to the global COVID pandemic, RAN Practitioners will continue to deliver all meetings in the coming months online. For more information on planned meetings please go to the RAN website. A number of other meetings planned for the first few months of 2021 will be published in due time.
How to best use local crime prevention approaches for P/CVE
RAN LOCAL WG meeting | 20-21 September 2021
Mental health practices and interventions in P/CVE
RAN MH WG Meeting | 22-23 September 2021
Working with communities and religious figures
RAN Y&E WG Meeting | 05-06 October 2021
RAN High Level Conference 2021 - 10 Years of RAN
12 October 2021
RAN Plenary 2021
13 October 2021
Inclusion through sports
RAN Y&E WG Meeting | 30 November-01 December 2021
Please keep an eye on the calendaron the RAN website for up-to-date information.
Ethical Guidelines for Working on P/CVE in Mental Health Care
These guidelines provide insights for practitioners on the task of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists and psychiatric nurses, working in P/CVE.
The paper addresses their dual responsibility towards their patients and the wider public, the challenges of breaching confidentiality and sharing information, and the importance of ensuring that their practice is evidence-based.
Rehabilitation and reintegration of extremist offenders from a mental health perspective
This new paper provides insights for practitioners about mental health approaches and methods of treatment within disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration (DRR) programmes.
The paper provides an overview of the role of mental health professionals and approaches to case management. The paper draws on the insights gathered from a RAN Health meeting held online on 10-11 March 2021.
Education and youth work: towards an effective collaboration
A new paper provides insights for practitioners on how schools and local youth workers can work together effectively to address P/CVE challenges.
The paper provides recommendations for how to generate collaboration, including introducing the Peaceable Neighbourhood model, which outlines six phases of development. The paper draws on the insights gathered from a RAN Practitioners Y&E Working Group meeting held online on 8-9 April 2021.
EU-USA study visit
A new paper summarises the insights gathered from a digital study visit to the USA – U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (OTVTP) – which took place on 24-25 March 2021 and brought together 57 practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and academics to discuss current challenges and share promising practices addressing racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism (REMVE) and violent right-wing extremism (VRWE).
Digital Grooming Tactics on Video Gaming & Video Gaming Adjacent Platforms
A new paper provides insights for practitioners on the challenge posed by terrorist and extremist exploitation of online video gaming platforms and the opportunities for practitioners to use these platforms to engage and intervene.
The paper provides information on different models of grooming and outlines the similarities and differences between grooming for radicalisation purposes and other purposes. The paper draws on the insights gathered from a RAN Practitioners C&N Working Group meeting held online on 15-16 March 2021.
Effective and Realistic Quality Management and Evaluation of P/CVE
A new paper provides insights for practitioners on the importance of quality management and evaluation of P/CVE work.
The paper provides recommendations on how practitioners can further engage with the topic, promote and facilitate the implementation of evaluations as well as ensure quality standards are met. The paper draws on the insights gathered from a small-scale meeting held online on 5 March 2021.
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