About project

Boy sad and alone behind the old iron bar

EIGEP proposal focuses on reducing the disparities in the learning outcomes of the educational experience of a child within the juvenile justice, compared to the ones delivered in mass education.

AIM 1: Improving the learning outcomes of education in juvenile settings through.

The development of innovative European induction tool for the initial and further training of educators teaching in juvenile justice contexts (youth detention centers, youth service centers, alternative detention, Alternative Provision schools).

The development of support tools and networks to improve the availability and quality of European training offer to education& teaching professionals interested in juvenile justice as a learning context.

OBJECTIVE 1.1: Develop a European key competency profile for the child and youth learning professionals working in juvenile justice including correctional criminal justice system, based on:
  • Key competences for teaching & learning professionals. The profile contains for each competence the relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and descriptors of performance.
  • National researches in partner countries conducted on relevant stakeholders
  • European analysis of available materials on topic, developed in other LLP, E+ and DG JUSTICE initiatives.
OBJECTIVE 1.2: Develop modular, tailor-made induction support for teaching &learning professionals working in juvenile justice system, based on the previously developed European key competency profile,  consisting of:
  • Interactive web-based platform acting as a tool for assessing already acquired competencies and for guiding in further development plans
  • Modular learning solution based on the assessment and on support materials available in Europe in the virtual space, with development planning tool which assist education professionals (and their HR manager if the case) to plan and evaluate progress. (Initial Teacher Education)
  • Key competency indexed virtual library with materials made available by partners and from other European & International initiatives. (Continuous Professional Development)

AIM 2: Improving the management of teaching & learning professionals through measures to develop the learning dimension of the juvenile justice justice system in the partner countries and at European level.

OBJECTIVE 2.1: Mainstream the induction support and its components in juvenile justice system and alternative systems that support the education of children and youth offenders, at educational department and staff management level by:
  • Promote the European key competency profile for the teaching & learning professionals working in juvenile justice system as a solid foundation for the professionalization of prison teaching
  • Including a management functionality in the induction support tool for evaluation and follow-up
  • Adjust the modular training so it can be used by the educational departments of prisons and other juvenile justice educational settings as first day’s introductory training for new teachers.
OBJECTIVE 2.2: Promote in the European public agenda the juvenile justice education, its paramount importance and the key measures needed for the learning outcomes to improve, by:
  • Instrument key stakeholders in the communicating evidence based recommendations to policy makers in education (by training the stakeholders in delivering a structured public hearing and in involving relevant key players in their community through the ABDC method)
  • Providing an in-depth knowledge on the condition of education in juvenile justice in the partner countries and extrapolating (based also on previous researches) to European level, in order to draw attention on the need of on the job professionalization for all those that deliver learning contexts in juvenile justice
Implementing successfully these objectives will lead to:
Consistent progress in the professionalization of correctional and juvenile justice education.
Opening of the prison / detention / alternative detention settings towards the lifelong learning culture.
Increase the quality of juvenile justice teaching and the interest of teachers towards working with minor / young offenders.
Better equipped teachers in navigating the first days of working in juvenile justice settings.
The final outcome will be better learning outcomes for children and youngsters, with higher chances of successful education.