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Report on Preventing Radicalization leading to Violence

An international study on the challenges faced by frontline practitioners

Author(s) : CIPC


The objective of this study, funded by Public Safety Canada, is to identify the main challenges faced by frontline practitioners in preventing radicalization in order to gather specific and practical information regarding the implementation of programmes and initiatives, especially the ones linked to challenges, difficulties, as well as intervention management approaches.


To do so, the study was carried out in two phases. During the first one, exploratory interviews were held with 27 experts and specialists from 14 countries. Through this phase, we were able to obtain recommendations in selecting which frontline practitioners to target as well as countries and cities implementing interesting interventions for the prevention of radicalization. We were also given the contact information of some practitioners. Subsequently, the second phase of the study consisted in interviewing frontline actors, such as social workers, educators, etc. who are involved in the prevention of radicalization. A total of 63 practitioners from 23 countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania were interviewed.


The Report for this study thus presents the main intervention dimensions in preventing radicalization as well as challenges faced by frontline practitioners, while also sharing their recommendations when it comes to intervening to prevent radicalization.


The Report is available in French and an English translation will follow soon.