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NHC and EPTA Special Interest Groups release training manuals

30 March 2021

We are excited to announce that EPTA has released a series of Special Interest Group (SIGs) Training Manuals for its members, as part of the EU-funded EPTA project coordinated by the NHC. The manuals of Leadership and Management, Dynamic Security and Managing Difficult Inmates, have been in the making for two years and come in a number of different languages, including German, English and Spanish. EPTA is also organizing three interactive events on the 23rd of April, the 11th of May and the 17th of May 2021 for its members learn more about the manuals from SIG members themselves!

The European Penitentiary Training Academy Network (EPTA) was founded in 2010 by heads of European Penitentiary Staff Training Academies to provide for a structure that supports sharing of training methodologies and contents across Europe. EPTA aims at developing cooperation that enhances initial and continuous training of correctional staff and at contributing to increase awareness of the correctional staff’s work in prison settings. With the EPTA project, the NHC aims to safeguard respect for the fundamental rights of prisoners by stimulating adequate training for correctional staff in the European Union. Together with EuroPris, and in conjunction with National Training Academies across the EPTA network, we work towards creating a sustainable, professional and active EPTA 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.

Please see our website for more information on the current and new EPTA project. For more information about the EPTA network and its members, please visit the EPTA website.

About the Criminal Justice Reform Programme

We believe a criminal justice system focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment is better at contributing to safer societies. The Criminal Justice Programme promotes and supports criminal justice reform that works to ensure offenders are able to successfully re-enter society and do not re-offend. By providing tools and trainings to prison staff or probation officers, we help improve the implementation of justice. By bringing together high-level officials, policy experts, and seasoned practitioners from different countries, we contribute to the development of the most effective policies and practices. We also promote collaboration between different actors in the justice system, such as judges, prosecutors, probation, prison, and civil society organisations to ensure reforms pursued are effectively implemented throughout the entire system.