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European Framework of Competences for Community Professionals in Gang Environments
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015, Date de fin: 31 août 2018 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

Since its inception, the European Community has been involved in conflict prevention and crisis management to protect human life and to promote human security. The Treaties of Maastricht and Amsterdam introduced new instruments for political/diplomatic and security/military action under the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP). Gangs and gang crime similarly cannot be dealt with as a national issue in order to have real impact in communities. Membership of gangs is becoming complex and multi-cultural / multi ethnic as people become more mobile. The increasingly international Dimension of some street gangs poses a cross border threat. (Europol - European Police Office, Annual Report 2011). Most large European cities are increasingly confronted with the phenomenon of street violence often generated by urban youth groups. These groups are responsible for much of the violence committed contributing to a feeling of insecurity in and across our communities. Most gang members, especially in the groups studied recently in Europe, are juveniles or very young adults. (European Journal of Criminology - Street Gang Violence in Europe – 2006) Project Aims -To redress current skills mismatch and skills omissions within the different sectors (public, private, NGO) which employ workers in services touched by gangs and the results of gang crime Project objectives -Produce current and appropriate occupation / work profiles for those working with gangs and the impact of gang crime in communities across Europe, a profile relevant within each European partner country and against which new learning outcomes can be identified. -Identify in each partner country key sectors, organisations and job roles working within gang crime and with the impact of gang crime (police, probation, youth work, health, social services, education, communities). -Identify through desk and consultative research in each partner country the knowledge, skills and competences required to develop capacity and ensure improved and more successful engagements with gangs and gang members operating in order to reduce gang crime in the future. -Identify common learning outcomes agreed at European level relevant wider than the EUGANGS partnership -Develop a new and innovative VET framework of competence reflecting the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by community professionals to work in gang related environments, using EQF levels of proficiency and learning outcomes as exemplifiers. Major outcomes: Desk and field research involving at least 120 professionals and 8 professional analysis’s, an European framework and an on-line tool. To meet this gap in the community adhesion agenda, we must match skills and knowledge needed by those working in gang environments to the experiences of those afflicted by gang cultures, from early development of the proposed model through delivery to review. Research and consultation will use meaningful peer support between professionals, community activists and gang members themselves, all learning influencing learning content, identification of learning outcomes and the learning journey. Anchoring the knowledge, skills and competences of those touched by gang culture enables a sustainable learning process evolve to create a qualification which is not only theoretically sound but is credible, based on real knowledge of ‘The Street”. This can only be achieved through careful and effective consultation with all stakeholders and experts. For an innovative project with higher levels of risk the partnership is large and diverse enough to incorporate many different cultural backgrounds, languages and experiences to offer an excellent test bed for the initiative. The partnership reflects private, public and NGO sectors as recommended at EU policy level all to ensure all relevant and experienced practitioners are brought together to address what is a major issue in Europe. Each country is at different stages of development reflecting growth in gang culture. By bringing partners together from across Europe we can encourage a) more rapid development of ideas in some areas and b) review and reflection in communities where gang culture is rife that will aid their further development and the development in countries outside of this partnership to which this project can be transferred c) challenge current thinking and practice at EU level dealing with members of gangs. The promotion of mutual recognition of qualifications between EU Member States and the implementation of the ECVET framework on a European scale is high on the list of priorities in Europe as laid down in the Bologna Process, Copenhagen Process and Lisbon Treaty reflecting this partnerships commitment to wider transfer by inserting the new programme onto ECVET.



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