11. Feb. 2021 (online-event)
In this conference project partners in Austria, Belgium and Portugal presented the curriculum for the SWaPOL training and discussed opportunities for future cross-disciplinary vocational trainings between police and social work in Europe.

You can find the full programme here.
You can download the keynote presentations here:

Module 1
Module 2
Module 3

Other outreach and dissemination activities

Adequate time was dedicated to outreach and dissemination activities:

Multiplier Events

Multiplier Event are organised in all partner countries. The aim of these events is to reach out for new national partners (social work and in police administration) where the training may be adopted in the future.

  • Belgium: 29. Oct. 2020 (online)
  • Austria: 6. Nov. 2020 (online)
  • Portugal: 15. Jan. 2021 (online)

Conferences and public events:

Annemie Coone and Didier Reynaert (HoGent) presented the SWaPOL Curriculum at the international conference of UREKA – the Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (hosted by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki – online – 16./17. Nov. 2020)

Günter Stummvoll participated in the 31. Annual Conference of the European Society of Social Drug Reserach ESSDR (Vienna – online – 25. Sept. 2020).

In 2019, the project SWaPOL was presented at the conference of the European Society of Prevention Research (EUSPR) in Ghent (16.-17. Sept. 2019), and at the conference of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) in Ghent (18.-21. Sept. 2019)

The project was presented at the Spring Meeting of the European Health Policy Group  in April 2018 (Rotterdam), and at the Best Practice Conference of the European Crime Prevention Network EUCPN in Vienna in December 2018.

Media & News

Trans-nationl project meetings:

  • Kick-off Meeting: 18.-20. December 2018; Vienna, Austria
  • Second trans-national project meeting: 17.-19. June 2019; Gent, Belgium
  • The third trans-national project meeting was planned to be held in March 2020 in Lisbon (Portugal), but – due to the COVID19-crisis – was held online on 26. June 2020. A follow-up meeting was held on 9. Sept. 2020.
  • The final project meeting was held on 11. Feb. 2021 (online).


Some impressions from our conferences:

European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) Conference Vienna Dec. 2018

European Society of Criminology (ESC) Conference – Ghent Sept. 2019



Recommended reading:

In this article, authors from Belgium discuss the history of the relationship of social workers and police in relation to youth justice in the city of Ghent. First, the historical development of the social role of the police  is presented. Second, the separation of welfare and justice in the police zone of Ghent is explained. Third, the blurred lines in practice between social work and policing are discussed, emphasising the risk of role confusion, arbitrary judgements in case management and challenges for communication between social workers and police officers.