Staff Training Events
3rd short-term staff training held in Online
From the 18th to the 27th of November, approximately 40 professionals from prison staff, probation staff and community organisation from Portugal, France, Bulgaria and Greece met online.
This event, hosted by IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, marked the 3rd Short-term Joint Staff Training Event of the INTEGRA project, focusing on the prevention of radicalisation within probation settings and its indissociable relationship with the prison and community organisations’ contexts.
2nd short-term staff training held in Sofia
From the 2nd to the 6th of December, over 60 professionals from prison and probation administrations, research centres and NGOs from Portugal, France, Bulgaria and Greece gathered in Sofia, Bulgaria. This event, hosted by the Center for the Study of Democracy, marked the 2nd Short-term Joint Staff Training Event of the INTEGRA project, focusing on the prevention of radicalisation within probation settings and its indissociable relationship with the prison and community organisations’ contexts.
IPS_Innovative Prison Systems was represented by Mr Pedro Liberado and Ms Catarina Abrunhosa, who conducted a total of five presentations/working group sessions along this week-long event. Other speakers/trainers included Ms Nadya Radkovska (Head of International Cooperation and Staff Training of the General Directorate “Execution of Sentences”), Ms Ivelina Gesheva and Mr Andrei Momchilov (Crime Prevention Fund – IGA), Mr Gary Hill (ICPA – International Corrections and Prisons Association), as well as Ms Rositsa Dzhekova and Mr Mariyan Sabev (Center for the Study of Democracy). In addition, other presentations by renowned experts were made via-videoconference, namely Ms Ariane Wolf (Head of International Affairs and Transnational Cooperation of the Violence Prevention Network) and Mr Sergio Bianchi (Founder and Senior Researcher at Agenfor International). This training event also comprised field visits to Sofia’s Central Prison and to the Kremikovci Prison Dormitory.
Besides IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (Portugal) and the host organisation, the consortium of the INTEGRA project is also composed by the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès (France), KEMEA Centre for Security Studies (Greece) and ICPA International Corrections and Prisons Association (The Netherlands). INTEGRA stands for “Integrated community, probation and prison services radicalisation prevention approach” and it strives to improve the transition process between prison and/or probation systems and the community for those at risk of radicalisation or who have been radicalised. It attempts to achieve this outcome by promoting a holistic radicalisation prevention initiative focusing on skills development of frontline staff, and community organisations’ representatives.
INTEGRA project short-term staff training held in Toulouse, France
Over five days, between the 17th and the 21st of June, 2019, around 40 prison and probation staff members, as well as NGO representatives, from Portugal, France, Bulgaria, and Greece met at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, in France, for a short-term staff training course under the INTEGRA project.
This set of training sessions aimed at staff focused on the prevention of radicalisation in prisons and probation contexts, as well as in the community. During three days of this short training event, Pedro das Neves, from IPS, guided the group of participants through a comprehensive training content alignment. The last two days of the training programme were focused on presentations by the ICPA International Corrections and Prisons Association (also a formal partner of this project), inputs from external professionals (such as Samantha Enderlin from RIVE Research and Intervention on Violent Extremism – an exit programme that was in place until April 2019), besides the display of the INTEGRA e-learning training programme, content and features.