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National seminar of the 'PRALT' project in Roubaix (France)

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 | Europe, France
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On the 4th of July, the French national training seminar of the ‘PRALT’ project on the prevention of juvenile radicalisation took place at the French National Academy for Youth Protection and Juvenile Justice (ENPJJ) in Roubaix (France). The event was held in the framework of a training week for future directors and educators of juvenile detention facilities. The goal of the ‘PRALT’ project is to tackle the issue of youth radicalisation, both inside and outside the juvenile justice system, and this seminar gave attendees the opportunity to learn about the project’s findings from all the partner countries, as well as to hear about the work of the Judicial Youth Protection Directorate (DPJJ).

he event began with the presentation of a new publication by Bernard Guzniczak and Perrine Cheval, ‘Radicalisations: des jeunes sous influence?’. The authors, evoking the main themes of the book, drew attention to the difficult questions and prejudices that surround the term of “radicalisation” or “radicalisations”, and emphasised the need to focus on those young people who become radicalised and helping them integrate back into the societies into which they have struggled to fit.

The first speaker was Angèle Roisin, who detailed the recent work of the PJJ in the field of youth radicalisation, explaining both the numerous studies the organisation has recently carried out, revealing the causes and consequences of radicalisation, and its interventions with young people accused of crimes of terrorism, as well as those at risk of radicalisation. She stressed the importance of continuing to study this issue and look for innovative solutions.

Ségolène de Savoye-de-Puineuf, ‎international officer at the headquarters of the Judicial Youth Protection Directorate (DPJJ), then made a presentation  introducing the PRALT project “Preventing juvenile radicalisation and promoting the use of alternatives to detention”, which aims to encourage the exchange of good practices between the different partner states (Belgium, Germany, France, Spain, Romania and the Netherlands) in the fight against radicalisation and violent extremism, and also to offer an appropriate training for legal professionals.

She then briefly presented the second project, “Strengthening youth justice systems in the context of anti-terrorism”, which seeks to list the existing solutions, as well as the role of all the initiatives involving minors in the framework of anti-terrorism policies in the partner states of the project. Ms. Savoye-de-Puineuf touched upon the various reports that have been written in the framework of these projects, which will help strengthen training, systems and policy across the continent, and made reference to the new ‘PRALT’ manual.

The afternoon concluded with a presentation by Tallulah Hewett of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (Belgium), which gave an overview of the policy brief that emerged from the ‘PRALT’ project. Ms. Hewett’s session summarised the brief’s four conclusions and nine recommendations, which will be available on the IJJO’s website at the end of this month, highlighting the lack of youth-specific practices, analysis and legislation within the field of radicalisation, as well as the need for the creation of professional networks dedicated to this topic.

Ms. Hewett outlined the document’s recommendations, which place an emphasis on a youth-based approach to preventative services, anti-radicalisation programmes, professional training, and research in this field. She drew attention to the brief´s call to governments for funding to both create new programmes and support existing ones, and for new legislation on minors accused of crimes related to terrorism/violent extremism. Moreover, she explained that all judicial measures should be subject to analysis to assess their effect on young offenders, and that professional networks must be created to share practices. Then, closing the seminar, she gave some final information on the second edition of the project’s online course opening in July.


Co-Funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union

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