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 - July 16th, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
"We are delighted with our new union hub..." Community reps at HMP Addiewell have recently revealed their new Community Hub. The new space has been [...]
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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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Community - October 10th, 2018 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
On World Mental Health Day, Sodexo, a leading employer in the justice and custodial sector, has joined numerous employers from across the UK to commit [...]
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Community - October 9th, 2018 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Today Mitie Care and Custody Ltd, an employer in the justice and custodial sector, has joined the tens of other employers from across the UK [...]
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Community - September 14th, 2018 | Reading Time: 1 minute
The justice services trade union, Community, announced today that it has secured a meeting with Minister for Prisons, Rory Stewart MP. At this meeting the [...]
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Community - September 10th, 2018 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Janet Sarsfield, a rep in Community's justice sector, spoke at the 150th TUC Congress in Manchester this week, highlighting the action required to create a [...]
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Community - September 9th, 2018 | Reading Time: 1 minute
The Ministry of Justice has announced it will be reviewing the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. The justice services trade union, Community, has welcomed the review. [...]
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Community - August 20th, 2018 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community is concerned by the news that an urgent notification has been issued to HMP Birmingham, a G4S operated prison, resulting in an intervention in [...]
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