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Europris Presentation on sport in prison


Presentation on the Annual General Meeting of in Brussels …

Presentation on the Annual General Meeting of in Brussels

Shared presentation with Prof.Dr.Marc Theeboom (Vrije universiteit Brussel)

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  • 1. Sport in prisons Marc Theeboom Kris Hermans
  • 2. De Rode Antraciet Belgium Prisoners on the move: move into sport, move through sport! Kris Hermans
  • 3. Context Belgium: Ministry of Justice Federal Sport Culture Education Employment Health Welfare Regional
  • 4. Context Regional Sport policy - Specific target group : prisoners Stimulating actions from: Regional Sport Movements, federations, communities (local policy plans)clubs,… Create awareness - Specific umbrella organisation: Regional Policy plan ‘sport in prison’ + local translation in coöp with ministry of justice
  • 5. Prisoners on the move: move into sport, move through sport! Preparatory Action January 2011 – June 2012
  • 6. OBJECTIVES [1] strengthen networking between cross-sectional organisations/services and providing an (inter)national platform for future actions; [2] collecting, sharing and analysing sport programs and social inclusion in the field of sport and detention; [3] examining methodologies and strategies which build up the social competence of prisoners through sport; [4] facilitating the cooperation between the field of sport and detention to set up common sport initiatives [5] making informed recommendations to decision makers and preparing future actions in the field of sport and detention.
  • 8. What we did Research ‘sport in prison’ Policy plans on… Context of… Management of… Literature study (Where is it situated, Map Structures, Links,…) (Staff, infrastructure, …) (Methods, Practices, evaluation, …) Awareness Virtual platform Documentary ‘Free to Play’ Recommendations + Public conference (June 2012, Paris)
  • 9. RECOMMENDATIONS & examples
  • 10. Recommendations 1. Policy in general 2. Network 3. ‘Means’ to achieve… ! 4. The sports offer 5. Knowledge
  • 11. 1. Policy Recognise the added value of sport, ! it is not unconditional… Examples: - Large potential, but small value in general - Sport as a means to achieve vs. Sport as a goal - Exact solutions do not exist = practice-based evidence
  • 12. 1. Policy Long- term vision & involve stakeholders into prisons Examples: - Re-inventing the wheel vs. translate (sport) policy to prison context depends on: legal situation, authorities &responsabilities - Levels: International, national, regional, local - Attract expert organisations ethn.diversity, youth, seniors, drug-abusers, mentally ill …
  • 13. 1. Policy Strategic Policy Plan clear & measurable objectives Examples: - Provide national/regional framework & local possibilities - Use recognisable terms for external partners - Based upon needs… - Value / Stimulate / Create … the goodwill to implement!
  • 14. 2. Network International – Awareness – Shared responsability complementary and mutually reinforcing – Active exchange of good/bad practices
  • 15. 2. Network National / Regional – Umbrella organisation/platform permanent place for discussion, feedback, exchange of knowledge (projects & experiences), … – Multi-actor approach Cooperation and innovation with sport, culture, health, welfare, education, employment,…
  • 16. 2. Network Local – Internal: information, involvement, … – External: Multi-actor approach Local community, clubs, volunteers, social network,… Inclusion into …
  • 17. 3. „Means‟ to achieve… ! Trained Staff – Internal / External – Sporttechnical / Social – Motivated & Supported (!) –… -> a policy plan they can operate in… and appreciative colleagues
  • 18. 3. „Means‟ to achieve… ! – Infrastructure & Equipment – The start of it all … – Sustainability –…
  • 19. 4. The sports offer IMPORTANT: Not: What / How / when / …. But: Structural offer
  • 20. 4. The sports offer Participation (taking part / being part) prison staff outsiders family members … prisoners themselves
  • 21. 4. The sports offer Sport = stepstone get to know … promotion of … guide prisoners to … learn about …
  • 22. 4. The sports offer Individual / group responsabilties –Structure / habit / need –Meaningfull leisure time –Engagements –… Get a grip on their time inside prison, and create a habit for continuation outside
  • 23. 4. The sports offer Good practice: Sport as a training / education medium that can be used outside prison University education in sports? Referee / fitness trainer / …
  • 24. 4. The sports offer Good practice: Participation of inmates in community events From the inside or go outside
  • 25. 4. The sports offer Good practice: Specific programs on building up social competences Experiental learning Personal and social development
  • 26. 5. Knowledge Lack of… Extensive and profound knowledge Long term follow-up studies (int+ext) Other experiences (int./nat.)
  • 27. In need of … 1. Policy 2. Network - Justice & Sport - (Inter)national / local 3. Means to achieve 4. Good practices 5. Research
  • 28. Publication
  • 29. Pan-European Conference „Sport & Prisons (Scheduled for June 2014) The future Organised by EPAS in JUNE 2014 in collaboration with the French Olympic Committee Preparation: In cooperation with the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel” and “De Rode Antraciet” a questionnaire has been developed and sent to the Members of the Council for Penological Co-operation Aim: Identify and analyse good practice examples in the field of benefits of sport in prisons Respondents: Directors of Prison Administrations and Probations and Members of the Council for Penological Co-operation → Replies to the questionnaire are expected by 9th December 2013 After the conference, the analysed results as well as the best practices identified will be compiled into a Handbook on sports in prison environments.
  • 30. Pan-European Conference „Sport & Prisons (Scheduled for June 2014) The future → Internet link regarding the online questionnaire: Contact : François TRICARICO Deputy Executive Secretary / Secrétaire exécutif adjoint Council of Europe / Conseil de l'Europe Bâtiment Agora - Bureau A6.50V 1, quai Jacoutot F-67075 STRASBOURG Cedex FRANCE Phone / Téléphone + 33 (0)3 90 21 43 94
  • 31.