The Project


Marginalised people in public space are the target of many professions, including the police, social work, public transport authorities and others. Traditionally, public space is managed by the public authorities, carried out by the police as the leading body of public order management. However, in the course of administrative reforms, more and more stakeholders with different intentions and ideologies participate in the governance of public order. With an emphasis on the promotion of health and care social workers represent the counterpart to the police as the agent of law enforcement.

Activities and Work Steps in the project

  • Collection of existing experiences from national pilot projects (completed)
  • Identification of “themes & settings” at the intersection of the two professions (completed)
  • Partners develop didactical exercises in separate modules (completed)
  • Test run of the training in each partner country (completed)
  • Finalisation and publication of teaching material (ongoing).

Outputs of the project

The SWaPOL project produces two outputs:

  1. Teaching Manual for a 5-days course
  2. Handbook for Trainers in Social Work and Policing

The training curriculum integrates theoretical inputs, exercises and excursions, and provides plenty of time for discussions about better collaboration between the professions. The training is structured in three parts (Modules):

  • Module 1: Cooperation in Social Work and Policing
  • Module 2: Substance use among young people: Prevention and harm reduction in nightlife
  • Module 3: Homelessness

The Handbook for Trainers (preliminary table of contents):

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The modules 1 / 2 / 3
    • Objectives
    • Keynote themes
    • Learning activities (exercises, games, excursions)
    • Literature
  • Part 2: National “success stories” on the collaboration of policing and social work in Portugal, Austria and Belgium
  • Annexes: Toolbox of exercises and instructions.