Youth Voices on Youth Radicalisation


This Magazine is dedicated to the issue of violent youth radicalisation. Over the last few years,
the terms violent radicalisation, hate crimes, xenophobia, extremism and terrorism have become central
features in our political, policy and public debates, social media, academic writings and research, TV,
radio, paper and online news. Indeed, much has been written and said about these terms; the beliefs and
perceptions that feed them, as well as the criticism, sensitivity and controversies that surround them. It is
not my intention to repeat them here.


The purpose of this magazine is to help move the debate forward by helping all those interested in
the topic of violent youth radicalisation to see it from a new prism. It is with this hope that I applied to
the European Commission (EC) to fund the Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP) that
has informed this publication.
YEIP was a 3-year Erasmus+ funded programme that designed a youth-led, positive policy prevention
framework for tackling and preventing the marginalisation and violent radicalisation among young people
in Europe. The project run between March 2017 – February 2020. It was developed in response to
Erasmus+ Key Action 3 – Policy Experimentation. The Erasmus Call was directed to high level public
authorities, focusing on policy. IARS agreed with the Home Office to delegate its power to the Institute,
which applied on its behalf and was successful in proposing a youth-led project that would bring together
one of the largest consortia of public and civil society organisations to achieve the Call’s objectives.
Led by young people and YEIP was delivered in partnership with 18 partners from seven EU countries to
construct and test an innovative, policy intervention model founded on the principles of restorative justice,
positive psychology and the Good Lives Model (GLM).
YEIP was implemented through the construction and field validation of tools (YEIP PREVENT model/
interventions, toolkit, training) in 4 environments (schools, universities, prisons, online) in the UK,
Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Italy and Romania.