First International COSA Conference


On 20th and 21st November 2014 the findings and results were presented at the First International CoSA Conference. The conference was the public closure of the project and served as an ideal opportunity to learn about CoSA, how it works and why it works, and what the critical elements for successful implementation are.

Below you find an overview of the presentations and relevant documents of the First  European Circles Conference.

Conference programme and impressions:

Programme of the conference

Videos of presentations of the conference

Plenary presentations (power points and videos)
Workshop presentations
  • SELECTION OF CORE MEMBERS. Suitable and unsuitable profiles and criteriafor finalizing a circle; examples form three countries.
    France – Alice Delage (Registered Nurse Centre Hospitalier Charles-Perrens (France))
    Latvia – Imants Jurevicius (Project Manager State Probation Service of Latvia)
    The Netherlands by Audrey Alards (Circle Coordinator Dutch Probation Service)
  • ORGANISATION AND LEGAL ISSUES. Ways of organizing the CoSA structure in different countries: public and private sector, legal and financial issues; a joint presentation by 
    Ann Castrel (Policy Officer CAW Antwerpen (Belgium))
    Chris Wilson (National Development Manager Circles UK)
    René Poort (Senior Policy Advisor Dutch Probation Service)
    Mechtild Hoïng (Project Researcher of Circles4EU at Avans University of Applied Sciences)
  • VOLUNTEERS. Selection, training and follow up.
    Developing and Delivering an accredited training programme for COSA volunteers by Simon Feasey (Head of Academic Development Sheffield Hallam University (UK)) and Jacky Burrows (Lecturer in Criminology Sheffield Hallam University) 
    CoSA volunteers in Latvia by Andris Sillers (Project Manager State Probation Service of Latvia)
    Volunteers: Selection, training and follow up by Carlos Soler (Project Manager  CirclesCat. (Catalonia))
  • CERCLESCAT IN DEPTH. Organization and development of CoSA in Catalonia; a joint presentation (in Catalan) by
    Miguel Marrufo (Circle’s Coordinator CirclesCat.) who gave a general overview of CerclesCat
    Ferran Español (Director Open Prison of Barcelona) with a presentation its basic aspects 
    César Garcia (Psychologist Prison Service/Manager CirclesCat.) presented on regional model adaptation
    Thuy Nguyen (Researcher University of Barcelona) who presented on selection, evaluation & referral