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The main activities of the LBB project between October 2012 and September 2014 include the following:

  • Comprehensive desk research in which the current state of prison education and prison staff training, European and national policy, and the results of previous prison education projects will be investigated.
  • An in-depth focus group study to measure the current needs and perspectives on communication difficulties in prison.
  • Developing, piloting and evaluating a cross-cultural prison communication programme for prison staff and foreign national offenders using a mix of classroom instruction, ICT and workbook-based activities.
  • Establishing assessment and accreditation methods for the certification of foreign language and inter-cultural competences of prison officers working with foreign-national offenders, setting new European benchmark standards.
  • An inter-prison language and cultural written exchange to help inmates practice language skills and reflect on their own cultures, in which prison staff take an active and encouraging role.
  • The results of evaluation and feedback from the piloting will contribute to the final design and publication of a Good Practice Guide for enhancing communication between prison staff and foreign national offenders.
  • The project will be presented at European events and conferences.