SWaPOL is an education & training project dedicated to a better cooperation between social work and police. A consortium of practitioners and researchers in Austria, Belgium and Portugal have developed a 5-days joint training course for social workers and crime prevention officers in the police. This training has been tested and evaluated in all partner countries and can now be integrated in existing vocational training schedules at schools of social work and in police academies.

The Project “SWaPOL – Social Work and Policing” – co-funded under the programme “ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships” – was carried out from Nov. 2018 to Feb. 2021.

The SWaPOL Project has come to an end, but…
Cooperation between
Social Work and Police lives on

The members of the SWaPOL Consortium offer train-the-trainer workshops to implement the SWaPOL training in other countries / cities. In a 1-day workshop the Handbook for Trainers will be explained and a curriculum that suits local circumstances will be discussed. If interested, please contact:
– FH JOANNEUM GRAZ: Gertraud Pantucek and Monika Meier
– UNIVERSITY OF PORTO: Miguel Saraiva and Paula Guerra
– HOGENT: Annemie Coone and Didier Reynaert

The SWaPOL Handbook for Trainers and a model Curriculum are available for download in English, German, Portuguese and Dutch shortly:
English: Handbook for Trainers and Curriculum
German: Handbuch für Lehrende und Curriculum
Portuguese: Manual para formadores and Curriculum
Handboek voor opleiders and Curriculum

Project Partners:

  • European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research – Austria
  • University College Gent – Belgium
  • FH Joanneum Gesellschaft MBH – Austria
  • Camara Municipal de Lisboa – The Lisbon Municipal Police – Portugal
  • Universidade de Porto – Portugal

Associated Partners:

  • Headquarter of the Police in Vienna – Austria
  • Polytechnic Institute of Porto – Portugal
  • Ghent University: Innovation Centre for Security – Belgium
  • Paolo Police Academy Ghent – Belgium

Project co-ordinator:  Dr. Günter Stummvoll: stummvoll@euro.centre.org
European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research – Austria

The SWaPOL Team

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