n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Training and development curricula for correctional staff

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



This article provides a framework for training and development curricula for correctional staff. An overview is given of the learning fields and topics in which training and development opportunities are provided for correctional staff internationally. Eight learning fields and a variety of training and development topics were identified from literature on corrections training and development curricula, curricula of qualifications offered for correctional officials at tertiary level, in-house training courses for correctional officials, as well as curriculum development workshops with representatives from corrections and role-players in the field of criminal justice. The curriculum framework provided in this article indicates that knowledge and competence in various disciplines such as law, criminology, penology, social and psychological sciences, as well as resources management sciences, are required from professional correctional staff.

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