Health, Safety and Well-being of Police and Justice Members

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Conference
2014 Police & Justice Conference
Date
24 June 2014
Decision
Carried as Amended

Conference notes with grave concern the impact which the Government’s austerity measures are having on the health, safety and well-being of our members in police, probation and Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS).

Conference notes that:

1) 20% cuts to policing have led to the reduction of nearly 20,000 police staff across England and Wales;

2)Neighbourhood policing in England and Wales has been stripped of over 3,000 police community support officer (PCSOs);

3)The creation of Police Scotland has led to the loss of 800 police staff jobs and the closure of police control rooms in many parts of the country;

4)The break-up of the Probation Service and the creation of the National Probation Service and 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies have led to significant funding reductions for the new delivery bodies;

5)The Probation Voluntary Redundancy Scheme is likely to see significant numbers of probation staff being offered terms to leave the service.

Conference recognises the severe impact that these austerity measures are having on the health, safety and well-being of our members in police, probation and CAFCASS.

Conference therefore calls on the Service Group Executive to seek to:

a)Survey members in all our sectors over the impact of the austerity measures on their health, safety and well-being;

b)Promote work by employers in all sectors to address the outcomes of these surveys with a view to those employers complying with their legal duty of care for their workers;

c)Highlight the issue of workloads and work allocation across all sectors;

d)Work with employers to find solutions to high levels of workplace stress;

e)Mount a campaign to draw attention to the problem of workplace stress across the Service Group.