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. Working with our senior workplace reps in the sector we’ve developed a Safe Operating Solutions charter.  We believe these should be the minimum standards under which staff should be expected to work.


Charter 2018 - Compressed


Community wants all providers of justice and custodial services that are awarded through government procurement processes to adhere to the following five 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 the Charter here

Safer Justice Sector Campaign Activity

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Community - May 3rd, 2018
Whilst the world of work continues to change, Community's Justice Sector Committee comes together every quarter to discuss key issues and what the union can [...]
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Community - April 26th, 2018
The justice trade union Community is concerned with the ‘alarming’ rise in violence against prison staff in jails across England and Wales, which recent statistics [...]
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Community - April 26th, 2018
Community has welcomed the news that an extra 2,500 prison officers have been recruited since 2016, but has warned that good recruitment numbers alone will [...]
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Community - November 13th, 2017
Action on staffing levels, rates of pay, and officer development is urgently required in English and Welsh prisons, research by the Howard League for Penal [...]
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Community - July 27th, 2017
Community, the leading union for justice services, has called for more action from government to tackle the prison safety crisis. Government figures released today revealed [...]
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Community - March 21st, 2017
Community, the leading union for justice services, has welcomed the news that staffing levels in private prisons are to rise to the same levels as [...]
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Community - February 19th, 2017
Justice Secretary, Liz Truss has today announced pay rises for prison staff at certain institutions across England and Wales. Responding to this announcement, Community, the [...]
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Community - February 3rd, 2017
There was good news today for workers at the Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre as they learnt the government will not be contesting the decision by [...]
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Community - November 14th, 2016
Yesterday (Sunday 13 November), we learned of the sad news that our friend and colleague David Lawrie had passed away, aged 47. David was a [...]
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Community - November 8th, 2016
Community, the union for workers at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre, has welcomed news that government plans for an alternative facility near Glasgow Airport have been [...]
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