What is Circles 4EU?

Circles4EU aims to encourage and to facilitate the development of Circles of Support and Accountability across Europe. In April 2008, Bas Vogelvang, Professor of Probation, Parole and Safety Policy at Avans University of Applied Sciences, attended a Council for European Probation (CEP) workshop in Glasgow in the United Kingdom. During one of the workshop sessions he first heard about Circles of Support and Accountability and how it was implemented in England. Enthusiastic about this innovative approach to monitor and support sex offenders in the community and by the community, he became a strong advocate to start Circles in the Netherlands. The Dutch Probation Service was willing to pilot Circles in the 's-Hertogenbosch area. Recognising the potential for further implementation across Europe, Bas Vogelvang took the initiative to start a European funded project that would identify the critical factors for successful in transferring Circles from one country to another. This project, 'Circles Europe: Together for Safety', funded under the DAPHNE III Programme, started in 2010 and was centred around the transfer of the Circles methodology from England to Netherlands and as a phase two from the Netherlands to Flanders.

A major outcome of this project was the publication of a European Handbook, a reference guide for the implementation of Circles in EU countries. This success drew attention from a number of European countries who decided to implement Circles (Belgium, France, Bulgaria, Spain and Hungary). In 2011 the Circles4EU Project was formally established to support Circles practice and research in Europe.

Latest News

Criminal Justice Alliance Award - Outstanding Organisation 2019Circles UK receives the Criminal Justice Alliance ‘Outstanding Organisation’ award for 2019’
Criminal Justice Alliance Award - Outstanding Journalism 2019Sky News correspondent and presenter Adele Robinson receives the Criminal Justice Alliance ‘Outstanding Journalism’ award for 2019, for the documentary made about Circles 'Inside the Circle' - still available to watch HERE
Circles UK Annual Review 2018-2019 Circles UK Annual Review 2018-2019

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