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Toolkit for Mental Health Experts and Social Workers in Dealing with Lone-Actor Terrorism

28 Apr 2016
Long read by Edwin Bakker

The aim of this paper is to draw out practical implications for mental health practitioners and social workers in dealing with Lone-Actor Terrorism. It is not intended to provide a profile of lone-actor terrorists, but rather to offer guidance that may be of use to practitioners in Europe (and beyond), supporting the development of strategies to detect and deal with potential lone-actor terrorists and to understand the possible risk posed by persons of interest.

This paper presents three sets of recommendations offering guidance for mental health practitioners and social workers to prevent lone actor terrorism by sharing information, fostering engagement, awareness and a multi-agency approach.

This paper is the ninth publication in the Countering Lone-Actor Terrorism (CLAT) project, which aims to improve understanding of, and responses to, the phenomenon of (potentially) violent lone actors through analysis of comprehensive data on cases from across Europe. The eighteen-month project is co-funded by the Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme of the European Union and is implemented by a consortium consisting of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) on behalf of ICCT, The Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD).

Read the Lone-Actor Terrorism Toolkit Paper 1

Please find below all other publications which have been published as part of the CLAT series.

Lone Actor Terrorism Policy Paper 1: Personal Characteristics of Lone-Actor Terrorists

Lone-Actor Terrorism Policy Paper 2: Attack Methodology and Logistics

Lone-Actor Terrorism Policy Paper 3: Motivations, Political Engagement and Online Activity

Lone-Actor Terrorism Policy Paper 4: ‘Leakage’ and Interaction with Authorities Lone-Actor Terrorism Analysis Paper

Lone-Actor Terrorism Toolkit Paper 2

Lone-Actor Terrorism Final Report