Someone I know is on the verge of becoming radicalised. Where can I find help or information?
If someone you know is on the verge of becoming radicalised and you need help or information or you would like to report your suspicions to the authorities, there are several organisations you can turn to. Some are aimed at individuals and families; some are aimed at professionals, while others are aimed at both.
Family Advice Centre on Radicalisation
The Family Advice Centre on Radicalisation (in Dutch) helps the families of individuals who are or are becoming radicalised. Such individuals are mainly young people who want to travel to a jihadist combat zone, such as Syria, or have already done so. They also include young people who have returned from these regions.
The Family Advice Centre provides information, advice and specific assistance. Families and municipalities can contact the Centre for assistance by telephone on (0)88 208 0080 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMN Radicalisation Helpline
The Partnership of Moroccan Communities in the Netherlands (SMN) has set up a Radicalisation Helpline (in Dutch) for parents who are concerned that their children are becoming radicalised. Confidential advisors support and advise the parents and family members of such individuals.
Meld Misdaad Anoniem (M.)
Both the general public and professionals can provide anonymous information on offences and crimes, including those related to jihadism, to Meld Misdaad Anoniem (M.). However, a criminal offence – such as preparing an attack – must have been committed. Other offences include recruitment, hate speech and travelling to jihadist conflict zones.
Social Stability Expertise Unit (ESS)
The Social Stability Expertise Unit (ESS) (in Dutch) provides professionals with practical information on social issues and tensions, including radicalisation. The ESS will advise you on how to use this information and who you can contact for assistance. You can contact the ESS if you are a municipal official, youth worker, police officer or social worker, or if you work in education or for a cultural or religious organisation.
National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV)
The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) protects the Netherlands from threats that could disrupt Dutch society, such as terrorism. On its website the NCTV provides detailed information and resources for professionals on dealing with terrorism and radicalisation.