Justice and custodial workers

Community is the union for the justice and custodial sector, representing thousands of members whose work is vital to the UK justice system, and to public safety. 

We understand the unique working environment, and the challenges and opportunities that it presents to the workforce. Our members work for a range of companies and organisations in the sector, including Serco, Sodexo, G4S, Mitie, Capita EMS and Catch 22. We also represent workers at:

  • Private prisons
  • Secure immigration centres
  • Young offender institutions
  • Secure training centres
  • Courts & prisoner escorting
  • Electronic monitoring services
  • Overseas escort services

Our specialist justice and custodial officers, trained representatives and regional teams are all dedicated to fighting for you and your sector, having decades of experience in supporting and representing justice and custodial service workers. Workers in the sector often face environments of considerable risk, frequently resulting in situations that represent a risk to their health and safety.

Promoting and protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our members is of the utmost importance. That’s why we’re running our Keep Us Safe campaign to raise awareness of the abuse that justice and custodial sector workers face and to ensure that everyone working in the sector can go to work free from threats or fear of assault. Find out more about the campaign here

We also have a justice and custodial sector committee who are working together to tackle the issues faced by workers in the justice and custodial sector. You can learn more about them here.

Membership benefits

As a member of Community, you not only have bespoke advice and representation for the justice and custodial sector in your corner, you also get access to training and development opportunitiesexclusive discounts and offerslegal and financial support for when times get tough and much more.

Find out more about Community and our membership benefits here.

What does it cost?

Whatever your income or the support you need, our rates will work for you and start from just £6.13 per month. You can find our full list of subscriptions here.

We’re fighting for a better working world, and we want you to join us.

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Have a question or want more information? Contact us at help@community-tu.org or call us on 0800 389 6332.

I have been a prison officer of 16 years, working for Sodexo justice services at HMP Peterborough. I remember hearing a union membership was a bit like an insurance policy and it seemed like a good deal and something sensible to do. Little did I know that the small amount per month would turn out to be one of the best and most sensible purchases I would ever make. I am immensely thankful to Community for being there for me during difficult times at work.
- Lorraine, Community member, justice and custodial

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