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:


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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Melantha Chittenden - March 26th, 2020 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
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Community - October 31st, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
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Community - October 17th, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
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Community - July 16th, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
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Community - April 10th, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
“Community makes sure our members get support all the way through any claim…” A Community member in justice, custodial & immigration services received a six-figure [...]
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Community - January 31st, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Following the Ministry of Justice’s publication of their quarterly ‘Safety in Custody’ report, Community, the largest union in the privatised justice and custodial sector, calls [...]
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Community - October 25th, 2018 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
The Ministry of Justice has today announced that assaults on prison staff in England and Wales have risen by 27% in the past 12 months. [...]
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