For the upcoming Working Group meeting on the involvement of victims of terrorism in discussion groups for detainees, we are currently looking for interested and suitable practitioners.
The RAN Victims of Terrorism Working Group and the RAN Rehabilitation Working Group will explore the topic of the involvement of victims of terrorism in discussion groups that take place in prison.
This RAN meeting will take the form of an expert exchange on setting up small/restricted direct discussion groups between victims of terrorism (VoT) and detainees in order to foster their rehabilitation. Participants will discuss when such discussion groups should be established, with what goals and what is the context needed to do so in a way that it will be of added value.
The key outcome of this meeting will be the development of guidelines to set up such discussion groups. RAN will not be involved in setting up actual discussion groups.
VoT associations and experts in bringing victims of terrorism/crime together with detainees, practitioners working with VoTs and detainees including rehabilitation practitioners, as well as experts and on-topic researchers.
Call for participants
We are currently looking for first-line practitioners who have experience in working with victims in the prison context or are keen to learn more on this topic. To find the best-suited participants, we would like to ask you to answer the following questions when sharing your interest to participate:
- Do you support the idea of victims of terrorism participating in discussion groups in prison?
- Yes – please go to question 2.
- No – please elaborate and then go to question 6.
- In your view, what are the advantages to these discussion groups?
- What are the disadvantages?
- What are the conditions under which this should take place? Please share some do’s and don’ts.
- Which goals can be reached through these discussion groups? (For example: helping the rehabilitation of detainees, helping victims of terrorism in their healing process, prevention of violent extremism, etc.)
- Do you have any experience with discussion groups between victims of terrorism and detainees and/or do you know any such projects? Please elaborate below on the scope and set-up of this project.
- Is there anything else you would like to share on this topic?
Even though a limited number of participants can be accepted to this meeting, the input gathered from all applicants will be analysed, gathered and anonymised, and used to enrich the discussions and deliverables of the meeting.
If you are interested in participating at this meeting, elaborate on these questions before the 3 September by sending your answers to Fenna Canters and Florian Reimers. We will invite participants based on this information.
Please keep in mind that we only invite a limited number of participants to this meeting to ensure valuable exchange and interaction, so participation is not guaranteed.