The Skills and Competencies Tool (SCool) is a training curriculum aimed at supporting prevention and intervention efforts that deal with processes of potentially violent radicalisation and with incidents or indications of politically or religiously motivated violence.

SCool is conceived as a tool for selective / secondary prevention of violence with emphasis on the role and function of ideology (e.g. motivate, justify, normalise, establish identity). Phenomena (what) as well as measures (how to) are addressed, emphasizing a multi-agency approach and the importance of social context.

SCool concentrates on the needs of experienced trainers who provide further education / training in relevant professional fields, meaning settings where professionals encounter or are likely to encounter possible or suspected cases of violent radicalisation, especially among adolescents and young adults. Relevant fields are e.g. education, social services and law enforcement.

The proposed trainings build upon existing skills and resources and aim at expanding and enhancing competencies in regard to a better awareness, understanding and ability to prevent and intervene when faced with potentially harmful developments.

Some pre-training competencies of trainers and trainees are beneficial or even necessary as a foundation; e.g., they should be able to …

  • reflect on (professional and personal) roles and responsibilities
  • reflect on potential for stigmatisation within prevention settings
  • comprehend “normal” adolescent (problem) behaviour
  • work in a diverse setting.


SCool consists of a Training Manual (PDF) and a set of slides in form of a Ready-to-use Presentation (PowerPoint). The manual contains suggestions and instructions for the execution of the trainings and the use of the presentation/slides as well as pointers regarding contents where national and other specifics apply and adaptation/customization by the trainers with regard to the national, cultural, and professional setting of the trainees and the common challenges in this setting is required. The presentation consists of prepared slides to be used by trainers in their work with trainees.

SCool Training Manual
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Powerpoint Slides

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Skills & Competencies Tool


German Police University
Criminology and Interdisciplinary Crime
Zum Roten Berge 18-24
48165 Münster

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