Criminal Justice and Social Work

Europe has a need for increased integration of policies in the area of freedom, security and justice. This poses a number of major challenges:

• The Council of Europe has set up Probation Rules which describe a number of basic elements -knowledge, skills and values - that have to be met by probation services. This system is supported by the Stockholm Programme, the European Union Prison Rules and the United Nations Prison Rules. These rules stipulate that each country must offer the same quality of supervision, detention or guidance. After all, European citizens must have the same rights. In this programme, you will learn how to make a contribution to the synchronisation of these rights.

• Probation services are still under development in a large number of European countries. Professionalism is an important part of this development. In this programme you will learn how to raise the level of professionalism in Europe and in the Netherlands.

• Since 2011, citizens in Europe who are held in (suspended) detention have the right to be held in their country of origin. This requires a mainstreaming of methods of detention and probation. Probation officers in Europe must be trained to implement the Framework Decisions in a truly ‘European’ way. This programme will equip you with the expertise to execute the Framework Decisions.

This programme is part of the Bachelor of Social Work and Social Services and the Bachelor of Social Educational Care at the School of Social Studies in Breda.