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The European Penitentiary Training Network – your network partner for correctional staff training and development.

About EPTA

The European Penitentiary Training Network (EPTA) was founded in 2010 by heads of European Penitentiary Staff Training Academies to provide for a structure that supports sharing of training methodologies and contents across Europe. EPTA aims at developing a cooperation that enhances initial and continuous training of correctional staff and at contributing to boost awareness of the correctional staff’s work in prison and probation settings.

From the 11 founding members in 2010 the network extended to 20 members from all regions of Europe today. EPTA meets once a year in one of the partner countries for two days to discuss the latest developments in the sector. In the periods between the meetings the members enter into bilateral sharing of information and mutual visits to facilitate direct exchanges.

Once every two years the annual conference is combined with a general assembly to discuss organizational matters, elect the President and the members of the Steering Committee.

Kalisz, Poland - 2016

Kalisz, Poland - 2016

Current President

The Presidency of EPTA is organized in a rotating manner between the members. The Training Academy that takes responsibility for the Presidency is also in charge of organizing the annual conference.

The 2017 President of the EPTA is the Swiss Training Centre for Penitentiary Staff.

Switzerland organizes the Annual EPTA conference from 19 to 22 September at the Centre Loewenberg in Morat. The topic of the conference will be: Leadership Training / Training of Prison Managers.

EPTA can be contacted at epta@prison.ch

Engagement of EPTA Members:

  • Contributing actively in the development and management of the network
  • Developing and giving support to EPTA initiatives
  • Providing information from their countries about specific areas of interest
  • Ensuring the necessary means to enable the functioning of the network