European Crime Prevention Award and Best Practice Conference 2021

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The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) will take place on 8 and 9 December 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The theme is bullying and violence among minors (both online and offline).

The Slovenian Presidency of the EUCPN will focus on bullying and violence among minors (both online and offline).

In Slovenia a project, focusing on this topic, has been developed several years ago. This project was developed by different stakeholders with the aim to reduce different types of violence among minors. At a certain point, several questions arose, for example how to identify violence, how to indicate (possible) violent situations and how can we prevent these from happening or escalating. The identification of these indicators can lead to a more effective approach to preventing minors to use violence or to become a victim of violence. Therefore the aim of Slovenian presidency is to promote the exchange of information and practices regarding the prevention of bullying and violence among minors (both online and offline), between the EU Member States. In addition, we want to develop evidence-based recommendations and interventions on how to prevent this type of crime.

Participation in the ECPA is open to any project, initiative or package of measures. An objective of the project must be to reduce crime and the fear of crime within the specified theme. Entries can originate from, for example: local authorities, the police, educational institutions, community groups, sports clubs, youth organisations, business community, probation service, neighbourhood watch schemes, parish councils, public transport operators, voluntary organisations/groups etc. The persons entering the projects do not need to have participated in the projects themselves. It is entirely possible that the initiative of a third party is brought to the attention of the jury. Each participating country may enter one project for consideration under the European Crime Prevention Award scheme. It is up to each participating country to decide how to select projects for consideration under the scheme. There are some binding criteria:

  •     The project shall focus on prevention and/or reduction of everyday crime and fear of crime within the specified theme
  •     The project shall have been evaluated and have achieved most or all of its objectives
  •     The project shall, as far as possible, be innovative, involving new methods or new approaches
  •     The project shall be based on co-operation between partners, where possible
  •     The project shall be capable of replication by organisations and groups in other Member States

Entries for the European Crime Prevention Award should be submitted through the National Representative of each Member State to the Secretariat. The deadline is 15 October 2021.

Please be aware that different (shorter) deadlines can apply within individual Member States. Please contact the National Representative of your Member State for further details.

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