Challenges and changes needed:The National Position Paper of the project
One of the main objective of the project “CCJ4C-European Career Counselling Guidelines for Staff Working in Criminal Correctional Justice System“ (612883-EPP-1-2019-1-RO-EPPKA3-PI FORWARD) is to include within the European agenda the need for a structured and guided approach to career management in the penitentiary system, reaching political dialogue with policy makers.
For this purpose, each project partner has developed the “National Position Paper”, containing policy action recommendations, based on data collected in the project during the previous phases , on professional and educational guidance mechanisms in the prison system.
Before presenting and disseminating it to the institutional offices of the European Parliament, the consortium has carried out national workshops, in order to compare it with the respective stakeholders and analyse the recommendations included in the Paper.
On the 17th October 2022, CEIPES realized its workshop – online – involving several stakeholders of the penitentiary system including:
- APAS Trento Provincial Association of Social Assistance for inmates, ex-inmates and their families;
- Assistant Head Coordinator at the Department of Penitentiary Administration;
- Un Nuovo Giorno ODV Association
- Orientator at “Pagliarelli” Penitentiary ( Palermo)
- Director of Pagliarelli” Penitentiary ( Palermo)
- Commander of the Prison Police – Palermo
- Prison counsellors in training
- Supervisory Magistrate of the Supervisory Court of Palermo
During the workshop, the participation of stakeholders was very active, providing a new dimension on which to focus, on the management of careers in the penitentiary system: contractual regulation.
The National Position Paper received the praise of all participants, as well as the entire project, stressing the importance of focusing on a system so fundamental for its social function, which however, from a political point of view mainly, had little space in the political agenda.
The next step will be to reach the European Parliament and propose the Recommendations from all the partnership countries.