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Presentation on the final professional conference of the Tett programme

Uploaded at: 2012. 07. 15.


As a closure for the „TEtt programme for victims and offenders” prioritized project, a two-day long professional conference has been organized at the Károlyi-Csekonics Residence in Budapest on the 31st of May and 1st of June 2012. Foresee’s executive, Dr. Borbála Fellegi held a presentation entitled „Restorative practices in the prison service” on the first day of the conference.

The conference was ceremoniously opened with speeches from Dr. Róbert Répássy, Minister of State for Justice representing the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice; dr. Krisztina Simonné Berta, Deputy State Secretary for EU and International Relations representing the Ministry of Interior; András Csóti, Maj. Gen., director general representing Hungarian Prison Service Headquarters; and Dr. Zoltán Kunfalvi, director-general of the Justice Service of Ministry of Public Administration and Justice.

Following the opening ceremony, the invitees participated in the presentation entitled ”Basic tasks and developments in the activities of the Justice Services”, while after the lunchbreak several section meetings have been organised.

The section meeting saw presentations with the following titles:
„4Re: Reintegration, rehabilitation, resocialization, restorative approach”
„Child-and family friendly justice in view of the TEtt programme I./Minors in the victim assistance system”
„Volunteering in victim assistance”
„Restorative practices in the Prison Service”
„Service for the community – Community service”
„Challenges in the work of the victim assistance hotline”

The first day of the professional conference ended with the summaries of the section leaders.

The conference went on with following section meetings on the second day.

The following presentations have been held at these section meetings:
„Community Employment – grouptasking, pedagogy through experience”
„Maintaining motivation in aftercare”
„Experiences of psychological help in victim support”
„Family decision making groups and regenerating family ties: practical experiences”
„Child-and family friendly justice in view of the TEtt programme II./Female inmates in mother role”

The conference has been closed with a speech by Dr. Zoltán Kunfalvi, director-general of the Justice Service of Ministry of Public Administration and Justice.

In her presentation, Dr. Borbála Fellegi introduced the role of restorative approach in society, the applicability of restorative programmes, and also mentioned the recommendations of the recently finished, Foresee-led MEREPS project.

The presentation of Dr. Borbála Fellegi can be downloaded in Hungarian from here.

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