(1) What are some of the key issues and challenges that emerged following the release of the Preventing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation in Australia (PVERA) handbook? (2) What lessons that can be drawn from the content and public reception of the PVERA handbook?
Schools and community organizations have recently become an important focus of the Australian Government’s “soft” counter-terrorism strategy to counter violent extremism (CVE). It is thought that in these settings individuals who might be on a trajectory toward violent extremism can be identified, and violent extremism prevented. Governments have been developing curriculum and toolkits to support teachers and community leaders working with young people, to “spot the signs” of a radicalizing young person and to provide a formal language for talking about extremist violence and radicalization. The PVERA handbook is a useful example for exploring some of the challenges associated with talking about radicalization and violent extremism.