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The TUC are running a free online course for young union members in June entitled ‘An introduction to the role of union health and safety rep’, tutored by the excellent Dave Smith.

We have been contacted by Anya Frude who is a Forensic Psychology doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham. Please see her request below.

Please bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all POA members.

Please find attached NEC minutes for the 10th April 2024 for your information.

As you are aware the NEC are committed to the continued training and development of local Branch Officials.

The battle for access to a Blue Light Card continues with a totally intransigent company. We have been in a constant dispute for a long time now and seem no further forward.

In 2015 at Blackfriars Crown Court, Lorraine Barwell, a 54-year-old grandmother, was kicked twice, once in the body and once in the head, during the restraint of a prisoner in custody. She died from brain injuries caused by the second blow.

It took a long time to reach agreement, but it was worth the wait...


Jackie Marshall, NEC reports on the POA’s second Supporting Women in the Workplace Workshop, 28-30 November2023


Like all infections, a national problem becomes a bigger problem within the prison system because of the close proximity we have with each other and with prisoners.


Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.