Nominations open for Inspire Justice Awards 

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Inspire Justice Awards, sponsored by SFJ Awards.

Delivered by Skills for Justice and supported by UNISON, HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), SFJ Awards and Policing Insight/Policing TV, the Inspire Justice Awards celebrates and shines a light on the wider justice workforce that helps to keep our criminal justice system running smoothly.

From call handlers and workforce planners to data analysts and victim support workers and many more, the wider justice workforce are key allies and partners in enabling front-line staff to maintain public safety and reduce crime.

Across 11 categories, the Inspire Justice Awards recognises the outstanding achievements of teams and individuals upon whose expertise the justice system is so dependent:

  • Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by SFJ Awards
  • Best Newcomer Award
  • Courts and Tribunals Staff Member of the Year – supported by HMCTS
  • Custody and Detention Staff Member of the Year
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
  • Health and Wellbeing Employer
  • Learning and Development Programme
  • Police Staff Member of the Year – sponsored by UNISON
  • Probation Staff Member of the Year – sponsored by UNISON
  • Prosecution Staff Member of the Year
  • Voluntary Contribution to Community Safety and Justice

Nominations are welcomed from across the community, including from colleagues of the inspirational teams and individuals that represent some of the best and brightest members of the wider justice workforce.

Nominations open today (13 June) and will close at 11.59pm on 25 July.

Following a rigorous judging process, finalists will be notified in September, before the winners are announced at a glittering awards ceremony held at the QEII Centre in London on Thursday 26 October.

To nominate a team or individual in the wider justice workforce, who has made a valuable contribution to the sector, visit:

John Rogers is Chief Executive of Skills for Justice – organisers of the Inspire Justice Awards. He comments:

“Skills for Justice is a vocal champion of the wider justice workforce and the objective of these awards is to say ‘thank you’ to all those who have made a significant difference to the safety and security of our communities.”

National Officer for Policing and Probation at UNISON Ben Priestley comments:

“The Inspire Justice Awards give everyone in policing and probation, and those in the communities they serve, a chance to nominate someone special for one of these important awards. UNISON is proud to be involved on behalf of all of our police and probation members.”

Paul Harris, Operations Director, HMCTS adds:

“HMCTS is delighted to celebrate the exceptional talent and achievements of the individuals and teams working across the justice sector. The contribution our staff make on a daily basis to help keep the justice system running smoothly deserves to be formally recognised, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity through our participation with Skills for Justice and the Inspire Justice Awards.”

Candace Miller is Managing Director of SFJ Awards – ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category sponsors. She comments:

“There are many people in truly important roles within our criminal justice sector, but they often go unnoticed. As the leading Awarding and apprenticeship End-Point Assessment Organisation for the justice sector, SFJ Awards is proud to support the Inspire Justice Awards and celebrate the skills and expertise of all involved.”

The Inspire Justice Awards is the only UK awards programme celebrating the wider justice workforce. To find out more and nominate visit:

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