Straathoekwerk (Street Corner Work) in Zaanstad

Address 1: Vinkenstraat 58A

Address 2:  1506 CN Zaandam

City: Zaanstad

Country: Netherlands

Postal / ZIP Code: 1506

Web site:

About Me:
Straathoekwerk in Zaanstad (SWZ) started as a small NGO of street workers in the 1980s and is now financed by the local government. SWZ reaches out to all at risk young people who are entangled in problems of addiction, housing, job and social life, and/or show signs of radicalisation and violence, which includes rightwing and slightly increasingly also some Islamist sympathisers and related low-level gang activity.
SWZ colleagues are qualified social workers and operate in a detached manner, directly on the street. The methodological principles are trust and relationship-building, open-process, participatory and group-focused approach, supportive-challenging base attitude, intersectional perspective. In the face of temporary waves of neo-Nazi group formations SWZ developed an interdisciplinary team method engaging colleagues from social work, school and community police – and developed a method of preventive/ motivational family interviewing with group members and their families.
A particularly promising aspect of this approach might be how it came from the basic principles of good-practice street-work developed to a targeted method of prevent/ derad in the family context.
In the future SWZ intends to explore preventive/ motivational family interviewing in other social contexts; also SWZ would like to increase its engagement in international practice exchange.

Final Report

The Final Report of the first two project years is now available!

English Version
German Version
French Version

Contact Us

European Network
of Deradicalisation

Alt-Moabit 73
10555 Berlin

Fon: +49 (0)30 917 05 464
Fax: +49 (0)30 398 35 284
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