Joint Unions in Prisons Alliance (JUPA)

Joint Unions in Prisons Alliance

The Joint Unions in Prisons Alliance (JUPA) was set up in response to ongoing concerns about the safety of staff working in prison environments to seek improvements to working conditions in prisons so that staff can feel 'Safe Inside'.

The alliance brings together the following trade unions and professional organisations, all of whom have members working to provide services in prisons:

We represent staff employed by HMPPS, private prison providers, and staff working for contractors providing cleaning, maintenance, healthcare and education services.

In addition to significant concerns about the safety of members, with an ageing prison population and cases of assaults and self-harm at continuing high levels, the Alliance are also concerned about the impact of current conditions on the welfare of prisoners. 

You can read the read the full position statement of the alliance here [532kb].

Safe Inside Prisons Charter

JUPA called a prison safety summit that took place on 25 February 2020.

The summit was attended by politicians, HMPPS, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and providers from education and health. Members from some of the unions also attended to give personal testimony about their working environments in prisons.

The aim of the summit was to develop a more robust and effective approach to health and safety systems for all workers within prisons, and to that end drew up the Safe Inside Prisons Charter [111kb].

Safety survey

A survey of membership among prison workers in the JUPA organisations was undertaken in March and April 2019 to explore experiences of verbal and physical abuse, and exposure to 'spice' and other psychoactive substances. The aim of this research was to gain a better understanding of working conditions in prisons, to document the findings and call for the necessary improvements to enable prison to be an effective environment to support rehabilitation and well-being.

You can read the survey report, 'Safe Inside', here [908kb].

You can view the full data from the member survey here [291kb].

Prison educators are urged to write to their MPs about the campaign. Here's a model letter you can use [24kb].

Last updated: 2 March 2020