LEADCOR Leadership development for occupational stress reduction in correctional settings


Leadership development for occupational stress reduction in correctional settings



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



  • To increase awareness on the importance of leadership and the negative impacts of occupational stress in the daily life of prisons;
  • To develop transversal skills for prison staff, such as leadership and management competences that can positively impact the reduction of stress;
  • To mitigate tensions among management and staff, between staff, among staff and their families, and between staff and inmates (through stress reduction);
  • To enhance positively health of prison staff members.


Expected outcomes

  • An innovative methodological framework using leadership development for reducing occupational
    stress inside prisons;
  • An occupational stress screening tool, with respective materials for assessing prison staff levels of
    occupational stress, psychological well-being and organisational commitment;
  • A staff training needs analysis study in the competences addressed by the project;
  • A leadership training course for prison management and frontline staff, including a corrections
    leadership game (digital and board game) to support prison staff leadership development;
  • An e-learning leadership course;
  • A leadership train the trainer course;
  • A healthier occupational environment in prisons which will improve the environment among inmates, also;
  • An increased quality service in the Prisons Systems in the partner countries.



Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal



IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, Portugal

Bremen Senate of Justice and Constitution, Germany

Penitenciarul Baia Mare, Romania

Sindicatul National al Politistilor de Penitenciare – SNPP, Romania

Sindicato Nacional do Corpo da Guarda Prisional, Portugal

De Federale Overheidsdienst Justitie – Le Service Public Federal Justice, Belgium

DGRSP – Direção-Geral de Reinserção e Serviços Prisionais, Portugal



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



01/11/2019 to 31/08/2022 (34 months)

Reduce occupational stress levels, inside prisons, by enhancing transversal skills of the frontline and technical staff while improving the quality of work with inmates .

Criminal Justice Reform, Offender rehabilitation, Training and Development

Portugal, Germany, Romania, Belgium

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