Our Union

The POA is the largest union in the United Kingdom representing Uniformed Prison Grades and staff working within the field of Secure Forensic Psychiatric Care, with over 35 thousand members in the public and private sectors.

Member Benefits

Browse the POA member benefits offering significant savings

NEC Structure & Management

Read more about the NEC Structure, the individuals involved and the areas they are responsible for.


Read about the History of the POA in prisons


Download resource documents as well as health & safety resources


Courses and training for POA members and branch officials

Retired Members

See latest news, updates and information regarding retired members


Read about the help and support we've provided to our members and beneficiaries.

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.