The European Agenda on Education & Training 2010 suggests that it is necessary to facilitate peer training, especially with disadvantaged groups; additionally, the placement of offenders in peer-support roles is also increasingly recommended by different governments, as peers can be effective "identity models" and the “living proofs” of the possibility of giving up the criminal life. Peer support is necessary because offenders view professional staff as authority figures and are more likely to listen to individuals that have "walked in their shoes", and it is cost-effective. On the other hand, pro-social modelling – which is based on the notion of pro-social behavior such as sharing, comforting, rescuing, and helping – is a style of supervision rather than a specific programme that can reduce recidivism as much as 50%. Thus, PPROMPT project seeks to explore and implement an approach that would build social capital and resilience within people that are under probational measures.
The Peer Pro-Social Modeling in Probation (PPROMPT) aims to structure a peer pro-social modeling approach in probation systems, enhancing the competencies for both management and probation experts to address offenders’ needs.