Leadership development for occupational stress reduction in correctional settings

Project design

IPS_Innovative Prison Systems


11/2019 - 08/2022 (34 months)

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Reducing occupational stress levels, inside prisons by enhancing transversal skills of the frontline and technical staff

LEADCOR project aims the reduction of occupational stress through leadership development in the prison context. LEADCOR project will enhance the leadership competencies of staff aiming to promote a safe and prejudice-free learning environment for these diverse and vulnerable groups of learners.

Furthermore, it seeks to contribute to the mitigation of the tensions between prison key stakeholders (i.e.: management, prison staff, inmates and inmates’ families), enabling considerable savings in personnel budgets by reducing early retirements and absenteeism, while improving the quality of work with inmates and, ultimately, enhancing opportunities for rehabilitation. 


  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Portugal
  • Romania


  • Erasmus+ KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices Strategic partnerships for adult education


Increase awareness of the importance of leadership and the negative impacts of occupational stress in the daily life of prisons.

Develop transversal skills for prison staff, such as leadership and management competencies that can positively impact the reduction of stress.

Mitigate tensions among management and staff, between staff, among staff and their families, and between staff and inmates (through stress reduction).

Enhance positively the health of prison staff members.

Expected outcomes

Creation of a network for training and knowledge sharing (Balkan, Southern and Eastern European learning hub).

Increased awareness about the phenomenon of radicalisation and extremism that lead to terrorism in detention environments.

Improved understanding about detecting “red flags” of violent radicalisation and about the prevention and detection mechanisms currently in place in some European countries.

Enhanced capacity to deal with inmates at risk of radicalisation or radicalised by receiving training and gaining new knowledge and tools useful for everyday challenges.

Common understanding by practitioners and decision-makers of the necessary strategies to be implemented when dealing with the transfer of radicalised individuals in detention or under community supervision (contributing to the application of the European Council Framework Decisions).

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