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 and custodial 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.

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

  1. REDUCTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST STAFF
  2. AGREED STAFFING LEVELS
  3. HEALTH AND SAFETY DELIVERY
  4. CONSISTENT AND EFFECTIVE TRAINING
  5. POSITIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO REDUCE REOFFENDING

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 for England and Wales.

Download the Charter for Scotland.

Safer Justice Sector Campaign Activity

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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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Community - November 3rd, 2016
Responding to the announcement today by Justice Secretary Liz Truss MP, the justice services union Community says the government must not forget private prisons when [...]
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Community - October 28th, 2016
Community, the justice sector union, has welcomed the fact the Ministry of Justice have finally admitted that cutting staff numbers has made prisons more dangerous [...]
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Community - October 19th, 2016
Community's General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss, has responded to the news of the death of a prisoner at HMP Pentonville. Roy Rickhuss said: “Community's members and [...]
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Community - October 12th, 2016
Community, the justice sector union, has welcomed calls from the Prison Governors Association for an independent public inquiry into the state of prisons in England [...]
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Community - October 4th, 2016
Today, the Justice Secretary, Liz Truss MP has announced at Conservative Party Conference that the government will make an additional £14m available to prisons to [...]
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