The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) connects first-line practitioners around Europe working daily with those vulnerable to radicalisation, as well as those who have already been radicalised. As teachers, social workers, community police officers, etc. they are engaged in preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism in all its forms, or in reintegrating violent extremists. Since it was founded in 2011, RAN has attracted over 2 000 professionals from all EU Member States. RAN Centre of Excellence – a knowledge hub The RAN Centre of Excellence (CoE) acts as a hub for connecting, developing and disseminating expertise. It supports and coordinates RAN, and fosters an inclusive dialogue between practitioners, policy-makers and academics. The CoE develops state-of-the-art knowledge, and supports both the European Commission – which funds RAN – and the EU Member States. It also helps shape the Commission’s research agenda, and liaises with those implementing ‘prevent’ initiatives inside and outside the EU.
First-line practitioners gather to address local challenges or specific issues related to violent extremism, and exchange with experts on new insights into tackling radicalisation. In Working Groups they meet peers from around Europe, build up new, long-lasting relationships, draw inspiration from one another and peer review best practices.
The RAN Working Groups are each chaired by two frontline practitioners. They join the CoE and the European Commission to form the RAN Steering Committee. Chaired by the Commission, the Steering Committee guides the network and its CoE.
CI is part of the RAN for many years, currently active in the working group Youth, Families and Communities (RAN YF&C).