In 2017, ERYICA and their French-speaking members continued working on the reference manual. On 3 April 2017, the preliminary version of the manual was presented to external professionals working with young people and experts in the development of educational tools experts to receive feedback on the pertinence and usability of the manual. The second half of the year was focused on the promotion and dissemination of the manual, for example at an event on the violent radicalisation and extremism of young people online: prevention and reaction (22 September), organised by the Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ), and at a conference on the prevention of youth violent extremism in Malta (29 November) and others.
The final manual was published by ERYICA, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, and with the support of the Bureau International Jeunesse (Belgium), in French at the end of 2017. The English translation became available in spring 2018. The content of the manual is the following:
Liaisons – manual for the prevention of youth violent extremism through youth information
- An analysis of the violent radicalisation process
- The role of Youth Information in the prevention of youth violent extremism
- A tool box: More than 50 activities for youth workers, youth information workers, educators and youth organisations.
Due to their daily work with young people, youth workers and youth organisations are often the first to identify the risks and warning signs that young people may be at risk of violent extremism. The manual 'Liaisons' contributes to equipping those in contact with a young public with the necessary skills to help young people build up their resistance and critical thinking skills, so as not to become attracted by extremist ideas and groups.
A theoretical part: The first part of the manual allows the reader to understand the mechanisms and the reasons behind violent extremism. It aims to define the role of youth information and youth work in the prevention of radicalisation leading to violence.
A practical part: The tool box is a collection of activities that have been selected due to their relevance and their capacity to have a positive impact on young people. The user will find learning objectives, practical information (target group, material, group size), a detailed description of how to carry out the activity, as well as advice, in each activity. Although the different activities have been selected in a logical order to fit with the different chapters, it is not necessary to follow the activities in the order that they come in the manual. Each activity stands alone and can be carried out independently from the others, and there is no need for preliminary training - Liaisons is ready to use!