The basis for all ARMOUR activities is the process of mapping challenges, needs, innovative solutions required in the process of prevention and de-radicalization. These first steps of the ARMOUR Consortium under the project include: mapping the relevant stakeholders on national level; conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups with selected expert profiles; and identifying challenges and needs of first line practitioners working with children and youth in the area of countering violent extremist idea and behaviour, as well as best practices and available tools.

During the March – April 2019 period, ARMOUR conducted a series of interviews, and now the second stage of the qualitative research is to take place. The focus groups aim to validate the interviews results and to obtain relevant inputs for the next project tasks. The group discussions will cover radicalisation and violent extremism understanding; factors, drivers and key elements for each of the three types of ideologies (religious-inspired, right-wing and left-wing extremism); as well as existing tools, services, protocols, programs, strategies and policies, practitioners’ challenges, needs, required skills and recommendations towards effective prevention and intervention programs with minors and youth.

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. They will take place during June-July 2019 period in seven Member States (Austria, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Romania, and Spain).

Stay tuned for the results!