CEP and European Projects

In March 2009 CEP organized the conference Funding Innovation & Collaboration in Probation, in Cambridge, UK. At the conference it was extensively shown how EU funding could contribute to cooperation and knowledge exchange between probation organisations all over Europe, and to enhance the development of probation practice at a European scale. As such CEP is committed to stimulates member organisations to make use of the funding opportunities that are offered by the EU Commission.

Over the past years, CEP has been asked on several occasions to join project bids as a project partner or associate project partner, in which the role of CEP is to contribute to the project steerage and to the dissemination of the project results, via conferences, the CEP website, CEP Newsletter, dedicated websites maintained by CEP etc.

By initiating and supporting project proposals which were to be submitted under the funding programmes of the EU in 2010, CEP has actively stimulated inter-European cooperation while contributing at the same time to the implementation of EU policy. Over the whole year, CEP was involved in the following European project applications:

 

Enhancing Cross-Border Mutual Legal Assistance and Recognition of Decisions in Countering Terrorism and Preventing Radicalisation in Prisons (2014 – 2020)

Lead partner: ERA, Academy for European Law

Partners: Centro de Estudios Jurídicos (CEJ), Spain, Studiecentrum Rechtspleging (SSR), The Netherlands

Associate Partners: European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), European Organisation of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris), Confederation of European Probation (CEP), European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ), Ecole National de la Magistrature, France

Co-funded: European Commission Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

Aim of the project: The main objective of this project proposal is to offer four training events that will promote the understanding and learning of various aspects of countering terrorism and radicalisation, with a particular focus on mutual legal assistance between EU Member States in relation to the spontaneous exchange of information, the mutual recognition of decisions between EU countries in relation to confiscation and freezing orders, as well as the prevention of radicalisation in detention and using alternatives to imprisonment.

 

DERAD (October 2016- December 2018)

Lead Partner: Italian Ministry of Justice, Department of Penitentiary Administration (Office for
Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trentino Alto Adige).

Co-funded: European Commission Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

Aim of the project: DERAD is an European Project that aims to prevent the escalation of radicalizationin the prison environment and help prisoners and probationerswho are often exposed to Jihadistrecruitment or selfradicalizationto overcome thedifferent problems and push factors usually exploited by recruiters, aspects that DERAD project aims to approach.
The project´s objectives include: social rehabilitation of these individuals,transferto their home countries, public-private partnerships, ensuring mutual recognition to court´s decisions at EU level.

 

LIAISE 2 (January 2016 – 31 December 2017)

Lead partner: European Forum for Urban Security (EFUS)

Co-funded by the European Union

Aim of the project: The project “Local Institutions Against Violent Extremism II” (LIAISE 2) seeks to strengthen the capacities of local and regional European authorities to prevent and tackle the issue of radicalisation leading to violent extremism.

LIAISE 2 gathers European cities and regions and develops cooperation throughout Europe within a dedicated network. This approach is in line with the alliance of European cities against violent extremism that was initiated jointly by Efus and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

 

FORINER (January 2016 – 31 December 2017)

Lead partners:

  • VOCVO (Flemish support center for adult education) based in Belgium and also promotor of the project;
  • VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), also a Belgian partner;
  • Educatie Achter Buitenlandse Tralies or EABT (Education Behind Foreign Prison Bars) from the Netherlands;
  • MegaNexus, an ICT company based in the UK

Aim of the project: the FORINER project, which wan launched on the 1st of January 2016, was initiated to provide EU foreign national inmates in EU prisons with access to qualitative, low threshold, certified learning opportunities provided by home institutions but received by the inmate in an EU foreign prison. To this end a structure will be designed and tested which allows education providers to reach out to their national prisoners in other EU countries, at the same quality standard as the home offer. This website will provide you with an update on the progress of the project, along with the contact details of all members involved and locations on where we will be hosting events.

EU funding programme: in July 2015 the FORINER project was selected by the European Commission to be funded through the European programme Erasmus+

 

Finished projects

 

Circles4EU (finished)
Lead partner: Avans university of Applied Sciences (NL)
Aim of the project: to further implement Circles of Support & Accountability across Europe, to increse the knowledge on successful (cross-national) implementation, to establish of a Knowledge Centre on Circles (implementation)
Countries involved: The Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Spain, UK (project associate Czech Republic)
EU funding programme: DAPHNE III

 

Desistance and restorative justice: Mechanisms for desisting from crime within restorative justice practices (finished)
Lead partner: European Forum for Restorative Justice
Countries involved: Belgium, Austria, UK
Aim of the project: to identify the contribution of Restorative Justice to desistance and why does it work. EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)

 

Serious Offending by Mobile European Criminals (SOMEC – finished)
Lead partner: National Offender Management Service (UK)
Aim of the project: to improve cross-border information sharing on (high-risk) travelling offenders
Countries involved: UK, Latvia, the Netherlands, Spain (project associates from UK, EUROPOL).
EU funding programme: Prevention of and Fight against crime (ISEC)
You can download the Project Newsletters December 2013 / May 2014 / September 2014 by clicking on the respective links.
Click here to go to the project webpages.

 

Strategic Targeting of Recidivism Through Evaluation and Measurement (STREAM – finished)
Lead partner: National Offender Management Service (UK)
Aim of the project: to promote and to facilitate the use of programme evaluation in probation, to evaluate the Recommendation on Probation of the Council of Europe and to provide recommendations for improved implementation of the Recommendation
Countries involved: UK, Italy, Romania (project associate: Malta)
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)

 

Restorative Justice at post-sentencing level; supporting and protecting victims (finished)
Lead partner: Schleswig-Holsteinian Association for Social Responsibility in Criminal Justice, Victim and Offender Treatment (D)
Aim of the project: to make Restorative Justice more accessible for victims and improve victims arrangements in RJ (notably in prison settings)
Countries involved: Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, UK (project associate: Bosnia-Herzegovina, European Forum for Restorative Justice)
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)
Click here to go to the project website.

 

Justice Cooperation network (JCN) – European treatment and transition management of high risk offenders (finished)
Lead partner: Minsitry of Justice of Meckelenburg-Pommerania (D)
Aim of the project: to identify and to exchange best practice in management of high risk offenders
Countries involved: Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Finland (project associates: Belgium, Slovakia, Slovenia)
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)
To read a brief outline of the project, click here.
In the first JCN Project Newsletter, you can read all about he progress of the project until February 2013.
Click here to access the project website

 

Criminal Justice Social Work (CJSW – finished)
Lead partner: Avans University of Applied Sciences (NL)
Aim of the project: to create a common European approach in Forensic Social Work by developing comprehensive and complementary higher education teaching modules and modules for continuing education of probation officers
Countries involved: the Netherlands, France, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Turkey, UK
EU funding programme: Erasmus – Life Long Learning Programme
Click here to read the CEP Newsletter article on European Education in Criminal Forensic Social Work
To go to the project website, click here.

 

Developing a Methodology to Collect Data on Community Sanctions and Measures and Attrition Rates in Europe (DECODEUR CSM – finished)
Lead partner: European Institute for Crime Prevention – HEUNI (FI)
Aim of the project: to design a common European statistical methodology for data on community sanctions and measures in a national context
Countries involved: Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Turkey, UK, Albania
EU funding programme: Prevention of and Fight against crime (ISEC)
Click here to read the CEP Newsletter article on DECODEUR

 

Sustaining Probation Officers’ Resilience in Europe (SPORE – finished)
Lead partner: State Probation Service of Latvia
Aim of the project: to identify and share experiences concerning the examples of good practice in probation agencies in Europe, to strengthen the resources and support mechanisms of the institutions to keep the resilience and wellness of employees and avert burnout, stress and trauma.
Countries involved: Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia, the Netherlands, UK
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)
Click here to read a brief project summary
To go to the project website, click here.

 

Implementation Support for Transferring of European Probation Sentences (ISTEP – finished)
Lead partner: National Offender Management Service (UK)
Aim of the project: with regard to the implementation of EU Council Framework Decision 2008/947/JHA the project aims to enhance the ability of probation agencies and sentencers within each EU Member State to understand clearly and have confidence in probation processes and procedures within each legal jurisdiction across the European Union. This is done by producing a detailed description of the suspended sentences, alternative sanctions and conditional sentences that exist within each legal jurisdiction within the European Union. In addition it is planned to hold a series of meetings in which the issues and procedures surrounding the pre and early implementation phases can be discussed and resolved by Member State representatives
Countries involved: UK, Bulgaria, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)
Click here to read a project summary
To visit the project website, click here.

 

 

Developing the Use of Technical Tools in Cross-Border Resettlement (DUTT – finished)
Lead partner: London Probation Trust
Aim of the project: in preparation for the Framework Decisions 2008/947 & 2008/909 to trial and study the effectiveness of two specific technical tools: video-conference technology (VCT) and touch screen facility (TSF) to improve access to resettlement information for offenders
Countries involved: UK, Latvia, the Netherlands
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)
Click here to read the CEP Newsletter article on DUTT

Improving knowledge and practice of restorative justice (in criminal matters) by international comparative research
(finished)
Lead partner: Schleswig-Holsteinischer Verband für soziale Strafrechtspflege (D)
Aim of the project: to identify and to exchange best practices in Restorative Justice
Countries involved: Germany, Estonia, Hungary, UK, Russia + European Forum for Restorative Justice
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)
Click here to read the CEP Newsletter article on the Restorative Justice project
Click here to go to the dedicated project website

 

Developing Offender Management In Corrections In Europe (DOMICE – finished)
Lead Partner: National Offender Management Service (UK)
Aim of the project: to improve mutual knowledge and exchange best practice in integrated Case Management in all European Prison and Probation administrations.
Countries involved: UK, Bulgaria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)

Circles: Together for Safety (finished)
Lead Partner: Avans University of Applied Sciences (NL)
Aim of the project: to study the conditions for the successful introduction of an innovative and effective method to monitor sex offenders in the community
Countries involved: the Netherlands, Belgium, UK
EU funding programme: DAPHNE III
Click here to read the CEP Newsletter article on Circles
To download the European Handbook on the impementation of COSA, click here.

 

Strengthening Transnational Approaches to Reduce Reoffending (STARR – finished)
Lead Partner: London Probation Trust
Aim of the project: to offer an EU-wide view on What Works in reducing offending, to identify and develop models of good practice, with an initial emphasis on 3 priority areas (youth crime, domestic violence, drugs& alcohol abuse), and to develop evidence-based processes for identifying and sharing good practice in future.
Countries involved: UK, Bulgaria, France, Hungary
EU funding programme: Prevention of and Fight against crime (ISEC)
Click here to go to the dedicated project website

 

Reducing Influences that Radicalise Prisoners (RIRP – finished)
Lead Partner: London Probation Trust
Aim of the project: to identify good practice in reducing the influences that radicalise prisoners and develop a training programme for staff working in corrections with offenders vulnerable to radicalisation.
Countries involved: UK, Germany, Spain
EU funding programme: Prevention of and Fight against crime (ISEC)
Click here to read the CEP Newsletter articles on the RIRP Final Conference and here for the expert meeting in Segovia

 

Preparation of the practical implementation of the framework decision on the mutual recognition of probation measures (finished)
Lead Partner: Federal Public Service Justice (B)
Aim of the project: to accompany the implementation of Framework Decision on the Transfer of Probation Sanctions and Alternative Measures (2008/947/JHA) by providing means for the next EU Presidencies (particularly by means of the national fact sheets) to intensively follow up the last phases of implementing the Framework Decision. A second objective is to produce good practice with a view to setting up a standard method for accompanying the implementation of mutual recognition instruments in the future.
Countries involved: Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxemburg, Slovakia, Spain, UK
EU funding programme: criminal justice funding programme (JPEN)
Click here to read the presentations on the final conference of the project in Durbuy, Belgium
To visit the dedicated project website, click here.

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