The base for all further ARMOUR activities is the process of mapping challenges, needs, innovative solutions required in the process of prevention and de-radicalization. Thus, the first step of the ARMOUR Consortium under the project is to (a) identify challenges and needs of first line practitioners working with children and youth in the area of countering violent extremist idea and behaviour; (b) identify and analyse best practices and available tools; and (c) validate the initial concept of the experimental laboratories. Agenfor International Foundation (Italy) is leading the team behind this crucial task.

Work Package 2 ‘Mapping challenges, needs, innovative solutions required in the process of prevention and de-radicalization’ (WP2) will identity 60 experts from Spain, Italy, Greece, Malta, Romania, Austria and the Netherlands working with children and youth on counter-radicalization and carry out interviews with them. The content of the interviews will then be used as a basis to prepare the guidelines for the discussion in focus groups.

The focus groups will be carried-out with participation of first line practitioners, including academia representatives, educators, youth workers, social services and specialist professionals working with youth and child as psychologists, minor’s services and law enforcement authorities. Focus groups will be grouped on three different dimensions: religious-inspired extremism; right-wing extremism with a specific focus on Islamophobia, hate and anti-immigrant crimes; and left-wing extremism with a special focus on anarchist, animal rights, environmentalist and separatist ideologies.

Using this three-tiered structured, ARMOUR ensures that the tools and content of the experimental laboratories adequately address jointly or independently all strands of extremist ideologies.

The design of the interviews and the focus groups is currently on its way and the WP2 is currently internally validating the initial scenarios.

Stay tuned for more information on the WP2 implementation!