The Community union has joined the Institute of Conflict Management as a corporate member. The ICM and Community have been discussing ways in which the Justice Sector can be assisted to increase and maintain standards in relation to preventing and managing violence and assaults to staff.

Community joins ICMAccording to Community, its 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 what it calls a ‘race to the bottom’ and to create a safer justice sector. Members of Community will have access to ICM newsletters and bulletins to keep them informed on violence at work issues.

Community’s Campaign for a Safer Justice Sector aims to secure a safer justice and custodial sector for everyone. Working with their senior workplace reps in the sector they have developed a Safe Operating Solutions charter. They believe 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:

  • REDUCTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST STAFF
  • AGREED STAFFING LEVELS
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY DELIVERY
  • CONSISTENT AND EFFECTIVE TRAINING
  • POSITIVE PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS
  • AND COMMUNITY GROUPS TO REDUCE RE-OFFENDING

Community is calling 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.

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