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It is important that within the European Union correctional staff receive adequate training in order to ensure that the fundamental rights of prisoners remain respected. This belief was re-enforced by the Council of Europe’s decision to establish common European Prison Rules in 1973. In 2010, the European Penitentiary Training Academies Network (EPTA) was founded by the heads of a number of European Penitentiary Staff Training Academies for the provision of a structure that can support the sharing of effective training methodologies and contents across Europe. The EPTA network has seen success as a result of the voluntary input from its members. Unfortunately, it lacks the structure and support of an independent professional network which is able to develop working methods and tools that may assist in long-term exchange and cooperation.
The Netherlands Helsinki Committee and EuroPris, in conjunction with National Training Academies across the EPTA, devised this project with the intention of creating a sustainable, professional and active ETPA network, which is able to tackle gaps in cross-border cooperation by stimulating participation and exchanges within the wider network. This, in turn, will allow existing and future European members to collectively benefit from the results.
Click here to learn more about EPTA network in the official flyer
Within the framework of this project, the EPTA project steering committee created three Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that produced several reports on the following topics in terms of training methodology and syllabi. Click on the topics to view the reports:
SIG 1: Leadership / Management
SIG 2: Dynamic security
SIG 3: Managing difficult inmates
The reports are translated into English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. They contain a comparison of European training on the topics above and highlight some best practices, a description of minimum standards for training on these topics based on international regulations and guidelines and a practical handbook for developing training curricula.
Please find below the selected SIG members:
SIG1: Leadership & Management
|Nadya Radkovska||Bulgaria||General Directorate Execution of Sentences||Head of Department International Cooperation and Professional Development of Staff|
|John Flavin||Ireland||Irish Prison Service College, Portlaoise, Irish Prison Service||Assistant Governor|
|Ann-Kristin Staaf||Sweden||Swedish Prison and Probation Service||Head of Section|
|Nadja Künzle||Switzerland||Swiss Centre of Expertise in Prison and Probation||Head of the Prison Managers Training|
|Smiljka Barancek||Croatia||Prison and Probation Directorate||Director of Training Center|
SIG2: Dynamic Security
|Ole Stageberg||Norway||University College of the Norwegian Correctional Service||Teacher; Advisor; Assistant Professor and International Coordinator|
|Henrik Linderborg||Finland||Criminal Sanctions Agency, Central Administration Unit||Senior Research Officer|
|Jean-Philippe Koopmansch||Belgium||Prison Service||Head of Staff Training Center|
|Laura Kikas||Estonia||Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, College of Justice||Director of College of Justice|
SIG3: Managing Difficult Inmates
|Hugues Belliard||France||Ecole Nationale d’Administration Pénitentiaire||Deputy Head of Training|
|Constantin Cazac||Ireland||National Violence Reduction Unit, Irish Prison Service||Assistant Governor|
|Clare Kambamettu||Ireland||National Violence Reduction Unit and Portlaoise Prison, Irish Prison Service||Acting Senior Clinical Psychologist Grade I|
|Iva Prskalo||Croatia||Training Center, Prison System and Probation Directorate||Head of Department for International Cooperation for Prison Staff Training|
|Aare Jamnes||Estonia||Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, College of Justice||His position will be announced here soon.|
Supported by the Justice Programme of the European Union