Enclosed is the latest update from Gold that has been forwarded to all Governors. It is essential that local committees review all Risk Assessments, Safe Systems of Work and Exceptional Regime Management Plans to ensure members are working as safely as possible and no regime expansion takes place during level 4 conditions.

Committees in the YCS Estate are encouraged to secure facility time so they may conduct a full workplace inspection to ascertain if a level 3 regime  can ensure the safety of staff and prisoners. Particular attention should be paid to the movement of prisoners in communal areas to facilitate face to face education and indoor gym.

Branches are reminded to contact their area NEC Representative if they are experiencing difficulties reaching agreement with their SMT’s about safe delivery of regimes.

For and on behalf of the NEC.

Yours sincerely



National Chair


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.