Criminal Justice



With funding from the European Union, Seeds for Growth proudly delivered the following criminal justice programmes in the UK and across Europe:


The aim of the PriMedia Network, financed by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning programme ‘Grundtvig’, is to identify good practice in the application of ICT & multimedia in offender learning, including in-depth evaluation of their effectiveness; to test their potential application in a variety of prison contexts; and to disseminate good practice in prison education across Europe and beyond. 

The Network organises workshops, courses and seminars throughout Europe promoting effective practice in using ICT and multimedia to support prison education, including film & video screenings and exhibitions of photographic work.

The main objectives of the Network are to:

  1. Create an ongoing European network to promote ICT and multimedia in offender learning.
  2. Encourage the use of ICT and new technologies as part of the delivery of key competences in offender learning.
  3. Promote the use of new technologies in adult prison education in centres where they have not previously been used, especially in eastern Europe.
  4. Encourage inmates to get involved in ICT and multimedia as part of their prison education.
  5. Encourage links between prison educators and ICT & multimedia practitioners.


European research demonstrates the invaluable role that the arts can play in the offender rehabilitation process. Despite this, outside of Britain, there are few accredited training programmes to prepare artists for work inside prisons or to formally accredit staff using the arts inside prisons.

Through the Cred-ability programme, experts in delivering arts within prisons collaborate with education experts to develop a training programme for artists (adaptable in a European context), and to create a framework to accredit practitioners delivering arts education in prisons

The training empowers participants in their creativity, while preparing them for work in challenging settings, using a mixed media approach and up-to-date digital technologies. The programme provides the first accredited course of its kind and the qualification is recognised internationally.

More about the Cred-ability Training here.


Coordinated by die Berater and funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig,

Languages Behind Bars:

  • Promotes communication and interaction in a common language in a prison setting.
  • Facilitates more effective rehabilitation of foreign national offenders.
  • Provides skills to help improve integration into society and the work-force after release.
  • Engages prison staff in offenders’ education programmes.

This involves :

Comprehensive desk research in which the current state of prison education and prison staff training, European and national policy, and the results of previous prison education projects are investigated.

Developing, piloting and evaluating a cross-cultural prison communication programme for prison staff and foreign national offenders using a mix of classroom instruction, ICT and workbook-based activities.

Establishing assessment and accreditation methods for the certification of foreign language and intercultural competences of prison officers working with foreign-national offenders, setting new European benchmark standards.

An inter-prison language and cultural written exchange to help inmates practice language skills and reflect on their own cultures, in which prison staff take an active and encouraging role.

Producing a good practice guide for enhancing communication between prison staff and foreign national offenders.

You can find further information about the programme here.