Intervening Better to Identify and Prevent Radicalisation: Introducing SCOOL

The Skills and Competencies Tool (SCool) is a training curriculum to support radicalisation prevention and intervention efforts.

It helps various practitioners to identify and respond to processes of potentially violent radicalisation and with incidents or indications of politically or religiously motivated violence.

SCool helps practitioners understand:

  • How to be aware of radicalisation
  • How to assess the risk of radicalisation
  • How to identify radicalisation
  • How extremism and radical ideologies function in practice
  • How to work with vulnerable or radicalised individuals
  • The legal framework governing intervention
  • How multi-agency and multi-professional co-operation works

The curriculum covers phenomena relating to radicalisation (what) as well as measures to prevent it (how to), emphasizing a multi-agency approach and the importance of social context.



SCool concentrates on fulfilling the needs of experienced trainers who provide further education/training in relevant professional fields where they may encounter possible or suspected cases of violent radicalisation, especially among adolescents and young adults.

The curriculum is therefore directed towards trainers working in:

  • Education
  • Social services
  • Law enforcement

SCool’s training modules build upon existing skills and resources and aim to develop a better awareness, understanding and ability to prevent and intervene when faced with potentially harmful developments.

SCool consists of a Training Manual (PDF) and a set of slides in a ready-to-use presentation (PowerPoint).

The manual contains suggestions and instructions for the execution of the training and the use of the presentation/slides.

It also contains pointers regarding content where national and other specifics apply and adaptation/customization may be required by the trainers with regard to the national, cultural, and professional setting of the trainees and the common challenges in this setting.

The presentation consists of prepared slides to be used by trainers in their work with trainees.

SCool has been developed by the Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei (Dhpol) in Munster, Germany. 

SCool materials will be available to the public in April 2020.

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