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Council of Europe recommends measures to protect children against radicalisation

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 20 October 2021
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Council of Europe recommends measures to protect children against radicalisation

As some children may be particularly vulnerable to messaging by terrorist associations and groups, including via social media, the Council of Europe has recommended a set of measures to help its 47 member states better protect children against radicalisation for the purpose of terrorism.

Prepared by the Committee on Counter-Terrorism (CDCT), the recommendation adopted today by the Committee of Ministers focuses on the protection of the child (special attention should be given to children who have experienced or witnessed violence and trauma) through the involvement of first-line practitioners, civil society and the private sector, as well as on the need to develop prevention strategies, taking into account the best interests of the child.

Member states are encouraged to support the families and caregivers of children in meeting the needs of the child, protect the child from risks, exposure and harm related to violent extremist ideas and activities, provide healthy environments for children’s development and to strengthen their participation in society.


 Press release
Council of Europe recommends measures to protect children against radicalisation

 Explanatory Memorandum


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