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Multilateral conference on importance of training of prison staff to fight against radicalisation and violent extremism in prison

Toulouse 16-17 October
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Multilateral conference on importance of training of prison staff to fight against radicalisation and violent extremism in prison

multilateral conference gathered representatives of prison authorities and prison practitioners as well as trainers of prison staff from some 20 Council of Europe Member States, who agreed on the need to further develop training for prison staff on radicalisation, specifically on identification of radicalised inmates, on dealing with radicalised inmates, and on ensuring the appropriate exit strategies. The conference was based on the Council of Europe Guidance and Manual for prison and probation services dealing with radicalisation and violent extremism.

The conference served an excellent forum for exchange of good practices on addressing the issue of radicalisation within initial and continuous training for prison staff and prison management. The participants agreed on the need for tailor made training of prison staff based on specific needs of their respective services while respecting human rights of inmates and prison safety. The conclusions of the conference were adopted on the second day, and will also serve as an important input for future work of the Council of Europe on the training for prison staff.

The conference was held in Toulouse on 16-17 October 2018. It was organised by the Council of Europe thanks to a generous contribution by the French Government.