Risky or at risk? Prevention of intergenerational transmission of violent extremist ideologies through child protection measures

This project focuses on the (prevention) of intergenerational transmission of violent extremist ideologies through child protection measures.

The aim of the project, to be reached by combining empirical legal and criminological research, is threefold. First, it aims to compare the legal basis on which governmental institutions in a variety of Western-European countries can intervene in the private (family) life of radicalized individuals and their children. Second, it aims to give an overview of recent state interventions and the justifications for intervening. Third, it aims to shed light on the circumstances under which violent extremist ideologies are transmitted to the next generation.

Together, findings will lay the foundation for a legal framework for the prevention of child radicalization within the family-domain, one that is empirically based and balances the rights of children, their parents and society. Moreover, the project will contribute to the development of a tool assessing the risk of intergenerational transmission of radicalization, taking into account risk-enhancing and risk-reducing (i.e. protective) factors.

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