16 July 2020

New synergies between B-COMPETENT and other EU-funded projects in the field of prison staff education

Penitentiary systems are among the most complex systems in a society. Although ambitiously conceived, the B-COMPETENT project does not aspire to resolve all problems and satisfy all needs of a system as complex as that. 

The development of safer and more inclusive prison communities will also depend on the quality of work with the front-line penitentiary staff, from their initial education, through on-the-job professional training, to personal support from prison services and state authorities. 

In order for B-COMPETENT to achieve the objectives envisaged by the project, joint measures and synergies with different projects and initiatives are necessary, as they yield an exceptionally high added value for the protection of human rights in penitentiary settings and the fight against extremism and radicalization phenomena.

We are therefore very proud to announce our new collaboration with BSAFE. Law enforcement, justice and public safety research and technology transfer laboratory​, Promoter of the EU-funded projects R4JUST and PO21 among many other successful initiatives:

- R4JUST. Radicalisation Prevention Competences’ Development Programme for Justice Professionals (2019-21) is co-funded by the European Union's Justice Programme. Its main goal is to explore a multi-sectoral approach aimed at enhancing the competences of staff in prison, probation and judicial settings in order to prevent and reduce the risk of radicalisation and violent extremism in prisons.​ The project is implemented by an international Consortium of organizations from Portugal, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Romania, The Netherlands. For more information visit https://www.r4just.org/

- PO21. European Prison Officers for the 21st century (2019-22), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. The project develops a strategic approach to tackle  a variety of challenges linked to the training and education of prison officers by identifying existing and emerging skill needs, strengthening the exchange of knowledge and practices, while promoting qualification standards in the sector. The project is implemented by an inter-sectoral Consortium of organizations from Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Romania and The Netherlands. For more information visit https://www.prison-officers21.org/

The cooperation between the B-COMPETENT Consortium and BSAFE is aimed at mutually enhancing the impact and visibility of B-COMPETENT, R4JUST and PO21 projects among target groups and relevant stakeholders and to provide fruitful opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practices. 

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