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AWARE Project – Raising awareness about mental health to promote better interagency work and better outcomes for offenders

ICPA took part in the kick-off meeting of a new project called AWARE . The gathering took place between 20 and 21 December 2018, in Bremen, Germany.  Mr. Gary Hill – Chair of the Staff Training and Development Network, represented ICPA at the event.

The AWARE Project is a multi-agency training for working with prisoners and former prisoners with mental health needs. AWARE’s overall objective is to train relevant staff to recognize, refer and/or treat moderate to severe mental health problems within the confines of daily prison and probation systems, and to foster better interaction between agencies working in prisons and probation on health, mental health, substance abuse and resettlement. The aim of the training is to reduce stress factors for staff, and to deliver effective outcomes for the successful resettlement of prisoners.

The AWARE project identifies and responds to the growing theme of humane imprisonment, on a European level.  In cooperation with the prison, probation, health, mental health, substance abuse and resettlement agencies, the targeted project partners and participating staff will evaluate and develop useful training materials, hands-on experience in addressing the specific qualities and skills, which will reduce stress on staff, as well as bringing successful outcomes for individuals. By doing this we fulfill one of the ICPA objectives:

To enhance co-operation between regions, countries, public, private and voluntary sectors involved in corrections and prisons”


The promoter of the project is : Bremen Senate of Justice and Constitution, Germany. Partners are  IPS Innovative Prison Systems, Portugal; BSAFE LAB of UBI University, Portugal; CPIP – Center for Promoting Lifelong Learning, Romania; Athens Lifelong Learning Institute, Greece; New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; and ICPA – International Corrections and Prisons Association

The funding for this project came from the Erasmus+ Programme KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices and Strategic Partnerships for adult education. The length of this project is 30 months from 01/09/2018 to 28/02/2021