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Next steps

If our conversation reveals that your child, your friend or your pupil is becoming radicalised, we will discuss the next steps with you. If you like, we can refer you to a counsellor in your region. Assuming you agree, we will pass on your contact details and he or she will call you back quickly to arrange a face-to-face appointment or a telephone consultation.
All the local counsellors who work with us already have many years of experience with the radicalisation of juveniles and know how to help you. The results of our initial talk will help the counsellor to prepare for the appointment with you considering your specific situation. You decide where the appointment will take place. This could be in your home, at the advice centre or outside, for instance in a café.

Local personal counselling

You can discuss your personal situation with the local counsellor. She or he will explain to you what joint action can be taken and what can be achieved. The counselling will take place through personal meetings and/or telephone calls. You will be given practical tips as to how you can reconnect with your child, pupil or friend: What topics can you talk about and how? What topics is it better not to bring up? How can you act? Depending on the situation and how things progress, third parties such as relatives, friends, teachers or imams can also be involved in the counselling process.

Creating trust

The goal is to work together to strengthen your relationship of trust with the individual concerned so that you can slowly pull them back from radicalisation or can prevent them becoming radicalised. Even if this process takes some time, your counsellor will be with you every step of the way. There is no guarantee of success, but past experience shows that it can be done. The trust that your child, friend or pupil places in you is the key to success.
If you like, we can put you in touch with other relatives in your area who are in a similar situation to yours. It helps to talk about it: Others who are affected can understand your fears and doubts and appreciate what you are going through. You can all benefit from experience in dealing with children, pupils or friends.

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Do you have any questions? Please contact us!

Advice Centre on Radicalisation

Monday - Friday

9 to 15

Telephone: +49 911 943 43 43
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