Safer Justice Sector

Our members working in justice and custodial services across the UK have consistently reported that standards and safety in the sector have seriously deteriorated over the last five years. So Community has launched a campaign to tackle this race to the bottom and to create a safer justice sector.

We want to secure a safer justice sector for everyone. Community wants all providers of justice and custodial services that are awarded through government procurement processes to adhere to the following four standards:

  1. REDUCTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST STAFF
  2. BETTER PAY AND RECOGNTION
  3. FAIR TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
  4. A MINIMUM STANDARD IN ALL CONTRACTS

Community calls on governments right across the UK to enact these principles by ensuring that all new contracts adhere to the charter and by reviewing all current contracts to ensure they meet these minimum standards.

Download our Safer Justice Sector Charter here

Safer Justice Sector Campaign Activity

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Community - June 8th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The Community trade union, which represents prison officers in the justice sector across Northern Ireland, has welcomed the debate on prison officer mental health taking [...]
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Caroline Armstrong - June 1st, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
After Community launched its campaign to end veteran homelessness and reached out asking members to collect warm clothes and bedding to help veterans survive the [...]
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Community - May 14th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community has secured a meeting with Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice for the Scottish Government. The meeting provides an opportunity for the union to [...]
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Community - April 29th, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
Community, the union for the privatised justice and custodial sector, met with senior officials from the Home Office yesterday (28thApril) to discuss the implications of [...]
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Community - April 23rd, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The general secretaries of the two largest justice, custodial & immigration sector trade unions, the POA and Community, have issued a joint letter to the [...]
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Community - April 8th, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
“This unprecedented challenge requires a response to protect the safety of all…” Following the tragic deaths of two prison staff from HMP Pentonville from coronavirus, [...]
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Melantha Chittenden - March 26th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The Government has called on sections of the UK workforce to continue to go out to work, to put themselves at risk to keep us [...]
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Community - March 19th, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute
The prison services trade union Community is calling for restrictions to be introduced on prisoners at HMP Kilmarnock following confirmation of two confirmed cases of [...]
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Community - March 13th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The general secretaries of the two largest justice, custodial & immigration sector trade unions, the POA and Community, have issued a joint statement on the [...]
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Community - December 5th, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community’s regional secretary for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Steve Farrell, was recently invited to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny [...]
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