CHAMPIONs aims at improving impact and effectiveness of FLP interventions to counter and prevent polarisation through enhanced on-site cooperation models, information sharing and dedicated online platform. A core pillar of the project is the establishment of permanent offline working groups – ‘CHAMPIONs Roundtables’ – combining FLPs of different disciplines, professions and institutions/agencies, to jointly develop effective prevention approaches for their local communities.
CHAMPIONs’ central action is to establish permanent offline working groups – ‘CHAMPIONs Roundtables’ – bringing together first-line practitioners (FLPs) from different disciplines, professions and institutions / agencies, to jointly develop effective detection & response solutions to counter polarisation, build resilience and protect vulnerable groups in their local communities in the countries Hungary, Germany, Poland and Romania. FLPs will be trained to design solutions and programmes to most effectively address the drivers of polarisation, and to collaborate most efficiently by breaking down institutional barriers. Medium term: their actions not only directly affect vulnerable individuals, but also the wider community – who will be engaged in awareness-raising events – as well as local and national policy-maker events. To facilitate these processes of offline joined-up solution development, an online platform will be produced combining three central instruments: (i) ‘Alert’ – an online system which provides FLPs with specific tools and resources for a reported problem; (ii) ‘Arena’ – a communication & cooperation mechanism that enables instantaneous information exchange either privately, between collaborating FLPs, and publicly through sharing good practice and highlighting strengths / weaknesses of certain actions for complex cases reported within Alert; (iii) ‘Training Yard’ – a capacity-building resource centre that provides a a customized collection of training tools, resources and courses to improve FLPs’ capacity at the grassroots levels, complete with learning materials, video-tutorials, good practice guidelines / handbooks and case study simulation exercises developed through the project action. The long-term aim of the project is to transfer this pilot model to other communities across the EU where other Roundtables will be established and become users of the developed platform. To achieve this, synergies with related EU-funded projects, platforms and networks will be harnessed throughout the project and after its implementation period.
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Press Release: Improving Collaboration in Policy and Practice – Successful Launch of the CHAMPIONs Project in Cluj: CHAMPIONs Press Release No 0
Press Release: The importance of language and location for radicalisation: CHAMPIONs Press Release No 1
Press Release: Experiences and Suggestions on de/radicalisation of First line Practitioners: CHAMPIONs Press Release No 2
Press Release: A closer look at the Counter-radicalisation landscape: CHAMPIONs Press Release No 3
Press Release: What are the barriers to increased cooperation? CHAMPIONs Press Release No 4
Press Release: What prominent right-wing actors and groups are active in Germany? CHAMPIONs Press Release No 5
Press Release: Perceptions of right-wing radicalisation and political polarisation in four EU Member States. CHAMPIONs Press Release No 6
Press Release: State of Polarisation and Radicalisation in Europe. CHAMPIONs Press Release No 7
Newsletter 11/2019: Providing an overview of right-wing radicalisation in Europe – CHAMPIONs Newsletter 2019 11
Newsletter 12/2019: What are the challenges and benefits of cooperation on de-radicalisation? – CHAMPIONs Newsletter 2019 12
Newsletter 02/2020: Policy Recommendations – CHAMPIONs Newsletter 2020 02
Newsletter 03/2020: Future Learning Resources – CHAMPIONs Newsletter 2020 03
Newsletter 04/2020: Introducing the CHAMPIONs Training Yard on FirstLinePractitioners – CHAMPIONs Newsletter 2020 04