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Topics and Working Groups

The Radicalisation Awareness Network is an umbrella network connecting people involved in preventing radicalisation and violent extremism throughout Europe. Within RAN, first-line practitioners from different European countries can meet others in their area of expertise to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences on countering radicalisation and violent extremism.

Who is concerned?

RAN connects first-line practitioners, field experts, social workers, teachers, NGOs, civil society organisations, victims' groups, local authorities, law enforcement, academics and others.

How does it work?

The consortium dealing with RAN, financed by the European Commission, takes care of logistics, technical and administrative support.

Working Groups

RAN is structured around thematic working groups, driven by a Steering Committee (SC) chaired by the Commission. The SC includes the leaders of the working groups.

There are nine RAN Working Groups:

Youth and Education working group (RAN Y&E)

The Youth and Education Working Group focuses on the need to better equip teachers and youth workers to support them in their role in preventing radicalisation and on strengthening cooperation between the two sectors.

Local authorities working group (RAN LOCAL)

The Local authorities Working Group is tasked with bringing together local authorities in charge of coordinating practitioners at the local level and organising their multi-agency work and structures.

Prisons Working Group (RAN PRISONS)

The Prisons Working Group focuses on supporting those practitioners who have a role in preventing radicalisation. The group exchanges ideas, best practices, contacts and insights to formulate recommendations for policymaking.

Mental Health Working Group (RAN HEALTH)

The RAN Mental Health Working Group focuses on raising awareness within the health sector and helping establish an effective network of health practitioners across EU Member States.

Families, communities and social care working group (RAN FC&S)

The Families, Communities & Social Care Working Group aims to play an important role in the prevention of violent extremism. The key challenges for this sector are to interpret signs of radicalisation and help those individuals who might be at risk of being radicalised.

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Steering Committee (RAN SC)

The RAN Steering Committee is chaired by the European Commission and includes all Working Group leaders. Meetings usually take place four times each year.