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Online training radicalisation for Belgian prison staff

Target Audience
Prison / probation
key themes association
Prison and probationTraining
Peer Reviewed practice


Type of Organisation: Governmental institution

Project description

The main difficulty encountered in prisons is detection of the radicalisation of prisoners. We have therefore set up training courses to raise awareness of the problem of radicalisation, indicators and how to transmit the information to the appropriate people.

Thanks to the European Internal Security Fund (ISF) and Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), training centres in the north and south of the country created an online course, available to all prison staff, within the prisons themselves in Belgium.

The training can be done in a period between 3 and 4 hours, but it is preferable to split this course into 2 x 2 hours. For this course, it is necessary to have a computer connected to the headquarters’ intranet network. It is also necessary to have headphones to improve listening for videos or interviews. The course is available in French and Dutch. The person can choose the language in which they wish to take the course.

We chose the online course because it allows everyone to access the training from their prison. Travel to training centres is therefore reduced and training can reach more people. Remember that this is an awareness, a first approach, not an in-depth training.

The personnel manager is responsible for planning the training schedule for each staff member and also has an overview of their trained staff.

This reduces the financial costs of travel and promotes the presence of prison officers within their prisons.

The course consists of several parts:

  • Introduction
  • Definitions and symbols
  • Radicalisation process
  • Indicators
  • Legal framework
  • Reporting
  • Who does what?
  • Test of knowledge

The training centres also provide a 2-day training course on radicalisation, including exercises in simulated prison wings. These courses are more advanced and can be attended by everyone on request.


This online course is very interactive. It is composed of very visual materials, video clips, short exercises and an interview with the Minister of Justice, but also of people who are “key” in the management of radicalised detainees or in the prevention processes.

Contact details

Contact person: Sybille Genot (French-speaking part of Belgian prison service)


Contact person: Jos Mestdagh (Dutch-speaking part of Belgian prison service)


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Online training radicalisation for Belgian prison staff
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