For this RAN meeting of the Families, Communities & Social Care Working Group, we are presently looking for P/CVE practitioners working with parents, such as social workers and community workers who support families.
Practitioners who can provide concrete examples from daily practice, who experience challenges with this topic and/or who have solutions for these challenges, are invited to respond to this call.
Background of the meeting
While trying to meet expectations in a challenging society, children may be dealing with questions surrounding their identity, such as: “Who am I?” and “Where do I belong?”. They may try to find answers to these questions with their parents, teachers and peers, but also on the internet.
In their search for identity they can experience anger, injustice, sadness and more, and come across extremist ideologies. Support and control from parents are potentially important tools to use to steer a potential radicalisation process. Research shows however, that parents feel uncertain about how to react when their children move toward extreme ideologies and would like to have tools to prevent radicalisation (Sikkens et al., 2018). For example, questions that parents encounter are: What to do when their child comes home with extreme ideas? How should they respond to difficult questions? How should they respond when their child experiences injustices, anger or loneliness? How could they contribute to positive identity development of their child and help them deal with emotions? It is therefore helpful to provide parents with professional support to discuss extreme ideas or difficult emotions with their children and offer alternative perspectives.
- Rome, Italy
- Evento esterno
- RAN FC&SRome, Italy
- RAN Practitioners Staff
This meeting will focus on how practitioners can empower parents to strengthen the emotional resilience of their children, and how to best support them to find suitable answers to questions that parents encounter (and what may be counter-productive).
The meeting objectives are to:
- explore the role parents can have in making their children more emotionally resilient against extremist influences,
- explore how practitioners can empower parents in this regard,
- discuss the challenges practitioners encounter in this regard and
- to exchange on practical methods, tips and practices for practitioners on how to best empower parents.
The deliverable will be a conclusion paper with guidance for practitioners on how to empower parents to make their children more resilient against extremist influences.
Practitioners and initiatives we are looking for are:
- P/CVE practitioners working with families and young people, such as family support practitioners, social and youth workers.
- Participants should have experience in supporting and empowering parents with the aim to minimise (the breeding ground of) radicalisation.
In order to find the best suited participants, we would like to ask you if you could answer the following questions:
- Do you work with parents within a P/CVE context? Please elaborate on the type of work you are doing.
- What are specific methods/approaches you are using to empower and support parents? Please elaborate.
- Would you like to present a specific approach to the group?
- What challenges do you encounter in your efforts to empower parents to make their children more emotionally resilient that you would like to exchange on during the meeting?
How to register
If you are interested in attending this meeting, please register here and answer these questions. We will invite participants based on this information. Please keep in mind that we only have a limited number of places available for this meeting to foster exchanges, so participation is not guaranteed.
The meeting will be held in English.
If you have any further questions, please don´t hesitate to contact Esther Zuiderveld, Mirjam Konings and Fenna Keijzer.