About the Awards

The Inspire Justice Awards celebrate the essential contribution of the wider justice workforce. These unsung heroes are often hidden from public view and deserve to have their stories and contributions publicly recognised. Without these public service heroes, who help to keep us all safe from harm, our justice system would simply not function.

These awards are back for their third year and nominations for the 13 award categories are now open.

Supported by People Plus Group, Unison, SFJ Awards, and HM Courts and Tribunals Service. Our official media partner is Policing Insight.

2023 Inspire Justice Award winners at the ceremony, on the stage together showing their trophies.

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The Award Categories

To recognise and celebrate the contribution of the wider justice workforce, there are 13 award categories for 2024. Explore the categories below.

Nominations will close Thursday 20 June 2024.

Individual Awards - Judging Criteria

Apprentice of the Year - sponsored by SFJ Awards

Apprentices make a significant contribution to the justice sector, and are a vital route of education and onboarding staff into the workforce. We want to shine a light on the bright stars of the future – those who go above and beyond in their role, and act as advocates for apprenticeships to those considering their future careers.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who are…
• Undertaking or completing an apprenticeship in 2023/2024
• Going above and beyond their training to contribute to the team and support others
• Approaching their role with committed to ensuring an excellent standard of public service
• Putting their learning into practice, actively developing their skills and knowledge
• Making an impact on their team or organisation, identifying or undertaking innovations to ways of working
• Brining a positive attitude and willingness to embrace innovation and improvement
• Champions for their area of work or the organisations
• Ambassadors for apprenticeships
• Able to show how the apprenticeship has affected them personally

Courts and Tribunals staff play vital role in the administration of a fair, efficient, and accessible justice system. We want to recognise those in non-judicial and legal roles going and beyond, often behind the scenes, to carry out the everyday administrative or logistical needs that support the judiciary. From bailiffs and ushers, to case workers, to estates and facilities, through to business support functions – we’re excited to see the diverse range of employees and hear their stories.

Criteria: We’re looking for nominees who…
• Go above and beyond to work to high-quality standards, providing and improving services and outcomes for the public
• Approach their work with care and compassion
• Champion their line of work and are a role model to colleagues and members of the public
• Take a proactive approach to supporting their team, and identify and develop improvements in their area of work

Individuals working in custody and detention roles play a crucial role in supporting officers to protect people in their care and contribute to public safety. We want to recognise those in non-uniform/non-officer roles working in collaboration across the justice system in any way, who go above and beyond in their area to improve outcomes for custody and detention functions.

Criteria: We’re looking for nominees who…
• Go above and beyond to work to high-quality standards, providing and improving services and outcomes for the public
• Approach their work with care and compassion
• Champion their line of work and are a role model to colleagues and members of the public
• Take a proactive approach to supporting their team, and identify and develop improvements in their area of work

Delivering the training needs of the sectors is a big job – with many regulatory considerations for what materials and topics need to be covered. Training providers and educators work closely with all justice sector organisations to deliver learning outcomes that ensure every member of the workforce is skilled, knowledgeable and equipped to deal with the day-to-day rigours of their jobs. We want to celebrate those going above and beyond to deliver world-class training for the justice sector, driving improvements of public services through their dedication to their learners.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who…
• Go above and beyond to work to high-quality standards, rigorously assuring their training meets regulatory requirements and provides the best possible training materials or environments for their learners
• Champion the value of training and education in the justice system, acting as role models to colleagues and members of the public
• Can demonstrate how their approach to training provision has positively impacted public service users and improved outcomes

Justice inspectorates play a crucial role in the delivery of public services across the UK. They provide independent quality assurance to ensure that service users and members of the public have a reliable and ethical criminal justice system – and that the public services themselves have direction and support from external experts. We want to recognise those working within any inspectorate body that goes above and beyond in their line of work to support their organisation, ultimately contributing to better outcomes.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who…
• Go above and beyond to work to high-quality standards, providing and improving services and outcomes for the public
• Approach their work with care and compassion
• Champion their line of work and are a role model to colleagues and members of the public
• Take a proactive approach to supporting their team, and identify and develop improvements in their area of work

Every individual in police and law enforcement agencies play a crucial part in policing, and we want to recognise those in non-uniform roles who are invaluable to the provision of public services. Through their roles, they help with everything from reducing crime and supporting victims of crimes, to supporting officers in their duties to help protect the public, to providing valuable protection services for critical infrastructure and national security.

This award is for individuals in staff roles (specifically non-uniform / non-officers) in policing and law enforcement including but not limited to administrators, receptionists, HR staff, forensic teams, victim support teams, researchers, investigators, analysts, serious fraud officers, customs officials, and management roles.

Criteria: We’re looking for nominees who…
• Go above and beyond to work to high-quality standards, providing and improving services and outcomes for the public
• Approach their work with care and compassion, and are a role model to colleagues and members of the public
• Take a proactive approach to supporting their team, and identify and develop improvements in their area of work

Designed to recognise all support roles who play a crucial part in the Probation Service’s priority to protect the public through the effective rehabilitation of offenders by reducing the causes which contribute to offending and enabling offenders to turn their lives around. This award is for individuals in support roles in probation services.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who…
• Go above and beyond in the line of duty to contribute to rehabilitation services
• Champion their line of work and act as a role model, inspiring better outcomes and services improvements for the people around them
• Can demonstrate collaborative working with other teams and agencies in the line of their work
• Have made a demonstrable positive impact on service delivery

Prosecution services ensure a strong check and support in preparing criminal cases for court, and providing information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses. Their role in the carriage of justice is undeniable – and we want to showcase and celebrate the individuals working every day, in any function, that support the delivery of prosecution services.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who…
• Go above and beyond to work to high-quality standards, providing and improving services and outcomes for the public
• Approach their work with care and compassion
• Champion their line of work and are a role model to colleagues and members of the public
• Take a proactive approach to supporting their team, and identify and develop improvements in their area of work

A core tenet of the justice system, and a key way in which we protect public safety, is to rehabilitate offenders. Every year justice employees work tirelessly to provide services to achieve this – and we want to recognise the incredible efforts of individuals across the system involved. Whether they work in parole services, liaison and diversion services, education and training, lived experience, employer or charity working schemes, or work in any other way with sentenced individuals – at any stage of the process aimed at reintegrating people back into society - we want to hear about the impact they are having.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who…
• Go above and beyond in the line of duty to contribute to rehabilitation services
• Act as a role model for their line of work, inspiring better outcomes and services improvements for the people around them
• Can demonstrate collaborative working with other teams and agencies in the line of their work
• Have made a demonstrable positive impact on service delivery

Team Awards - Judging Criteria

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year – sponsored by People Plus Group

With clear aspirations for inclusive workplaces in justice organisations, we want to recognise the efforts of those who are supporting equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and are promoting positive outcomes for staff from diverse groups. We’re excited to hear about individuals or teams who have made a clear, significant, and sustainable improvement in tackling inclusion and diversity challenges.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who…
• Demonstrate an inclusion and diversity strategy/framework, and can show the implementation underpinned by policies and procedures
• Can provide evidence of the success of the above strategy, for example, improvements in workplace culture and attitudes, greater opportunities for under-represented staff groups’ voices to be heard, and included in key decisions, changes made by using workforce data and staff feedback, and/or improvements in staff retention and opportunities for progression
• Have recognised and addressed an issue within the organisation in respect of staff equity, inclusion and/or diversity
• Can demonstrate the impact of the intervention and how it has improved workforce outcomes and/or service user experience
• Are able to explain the metrics put in place to measure and monitor continuous consideration for inclusion and diversity

Our justice workforce are often carrying out their roles in or with exposure to complex and challenging situations, all with a commitment to providing the best public service possible. The sector therefore has a clear responsibility and dedication to supporting the health and wellbeing of individuals. We want to celebrate organisations going above and beyond, and are excited to hear about clear, significant, and sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing of their workforce or their service users.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who…
• Can show the success of their health and wellbeing strategies, whether that be by a reduction in sickness and absence rates, improved staff satisfaction, improved staff retention, or any other measure the organisation is tracking
• Have identified an issue or challenge within the organisation in respect of staff wellbeing, and have been able to address this through workforce support
• Showcase an effective health and wellbeing support system/framework/strategy, underpinned by robust workplace policies and procedures

As new regulations, guidelines, best practice and ways of working emerge, justice sector employees have to constantly embrace learning and developing new skills. Organisations also have to improve the accessibility and credibility of training and ensure opportunity for all staff. We want to hear from teams and employers who are delivering world-class learning and development programmes that promote personal development, and contribute to better outcomes for the services they work within.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who are…
• Service focussed and demonstrating clear improvements to user outcomes through workforce learning and development
• Innovating or enhancing approaches to learning that create a better experience for learners
• Through the delivery of learning and development opportunities, improving the outcomes that staff are achieving

We want to celebrate the contribution made by voluntary, not-for-profit, charity, and third sector organisations to support public and community safety, rehabilitation, crime prevention and awareness, or criminal justice. These organisations are crucial to the future of the justice system and have a significant impact on every function.

From victim support, to offender rehabilitation, to community safety and awareness partnerships, and more - there’s no replacement for the services they provide. We want to hear from teams or organisations who go above and beyond the call of duty to make a positive difference to the people and communities they work with.

Criteria: we’re looking for nominees who…
• Can demonstrate the impact on community safety and justice services they have, and how they are contributing to improvements for service users / the public
• Overcome challenges and adapt to changing public needs to continue supporting community safety initiatives and justice services
• Collaborate with policing, probation services, community safety or other justice organisations
• Provide positive support from either volunteer, the public, government, or employers for your organisation’s key aims and mission

Partnership Opportunities

Join us in celebrating the outstanding people who make up the justice sector’s workforce by supporting these awards as a sponsor. We have a wide range of partnership opportunities available and we are happy to discuss tailored sponsorship options to suit your needs.

The 2023 Ceremony