About the POA

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.


Read about the History of the POA in prisons and special hospitals

NEC Structure & Management

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

Rules & Constitution

Learn more about the rules and constitution of the POA.

The Role of a Prison Officer

The POA has been representing Prison Officers since 1939 and throughout that period it has seen the role of prison service employees evolve from a turn key to that of a custodial officer responsible for assisting with the process of rehabilitation of offenders.

Union Learning Fund

As part of a ULF Project the POA UK are working with various colleges and service providers to give staff and families access to accredited learning at the various locations.

Vision and Goals

Find out more about the goals and priorities of the POA.