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:
Plenary presentations (power points and videos)
- Opening speeches (video) by Hon. Mr. Germà Gordó (Catalan Minister of Justice), Mr. Jaume Giró (Director General Bank Foundation “la Caixa”), Mr. Jordi Alberch (Vice Chancellor of Research University of Barcelona), Mr. Bas Vogelvang (Project Director Circles 4EU)
- Brief introduction to CirclesCat (video) by Carlos Soler (Project Manager CirclesCat., Department of Justice of the Autonomous Governement of Catalonia).
- CoSA in a historical perspective and a reflection on its development (video) by Rev. Harry Nigh (founding father of CoSA (Canada))
- Circles 4EU Research and Best Practices by Bas Vogelvang (Project Director Circles4EU; Avans University of Applied Sciences) and Mechtild Hoïng (Project Researcher Circles4EU; Avans University of Applied Sciences) click here for a video of the presentation part 1; and click here for part 2
- The European CoSA Network by Elisabeth Hayes (Liaison Officer Circles4EU)
- The volunteer experience by Lidia Fernandez and Gonzalo López (CirclesCat volunteers) and Stephen Hanvey (Circles4EU Implementation Workstream Leader; Circles UK) click here for a video of this session
- What is the restorative space that a survivor volunteer and core member occupies within a Circle? by Dr. Nadia Wager (Principal Lecturer and Portfolio Leader in Psychology University of Bedfordshire (UK)) click here for the video of this presentation
- Questions and conclusions (video) by Ruben Maes (Conference Moderator).
- Closing speeches (video) by Pere Soler (General Director of the Penitentiary Services (Catalonia)); Marc Cerón (President CEP), Bas Vogelvang (Project Director Circles4EU)
- 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
- NEW TRENDS ON TREATMENT Integration of sex offender treatment and CoSA;
a joint presentation by
Elizabeth Hayes (Liaison Officer Circles4EU)
Imants Jurevicius (Project Manager State Probation Service of Latvia)
- MEDIA AND COMMUNITY. Good practices on CoSA dissemination.
COSA, the Media and Community by Brian Dack (Assistant Director Operations Probation Service of Ireland)
‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’ – Circles and the Media by Stephen Hanvey (Chief Executive Officer Circles UK)
- FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS. New experiences around Circles.
Whatton Circles – The First Prison Based Circles Project by Rosie Kitson-Boyce and Karin Spenser (Safer Living Foundation (UK))
Circles Sustainability and Diversification by Dominic Williams (Senior Coordinator Circles South East (UK))
„Social Net Conferencing“ probation project by Christoph Koss (Social Work Director Neustart (Austria)) and Hans Jörg Schlechter (Social Worker Neustart)
- BECOMING A CIRCLE’S VOLUNTEER. Volunteers selection, training and post- training support in Catalonia; a joint discussion by
Xavier Badia, Arantxa Herrador and Manuel Becerra (Volunteers of CirclesCat.)
Rosa Nolla and Miguel Marrufo (Circle’s Coordinators at CirclesCat.)