Inspire Justice Awards return for 2024 with new award categories

Nominations are now open for the annual Inspire Justice Awards, organised by Skills for Justice.

May 23, 2024
By Paul Jacques

The Inspire Justice Awards are the UK’s only awards programme dedicated to recognising the achievements of the entire justice system, and Inspire Justice returns for 2024 with the addition of three new award categories.

Designed to celebrate the achievements of the best and brightest from across the sector, the Inspire Justice Awards now features a total of 13 different award categories following the introduction of the new Educator of the Year, Inspectorate Staff Member of the Year and Rehabilitation Worker of the Year Awards.

The expansion of the Inspire Justice Awards follows a stellar year in 2023, with Police Scotland, HM Prisons and Probation Service and The Clink Charity just some of the names amongst the deserved award winners.

Looking ahead to another successful year, John Rogers, chief executive of Skills for Justice, said: “The Inspire Justice Awards celebrates and shines a light on the wider justice workforce that helps to keep our criminal justice system running smoothly. We are delighted to be back for another year to celebrate all those who dedicate their careers to protecting our communities.”

Ben Priestley, national officer for policing and probation at sponsors Unison, said they were “proud to be involved on behalf of all of our police and probation members”.

“The Inspire Justice Awards gives 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,” he said.

Emma Yorke, divisional managing director for justice at sponsors People Plus Group – a prison education provider – added: “As an organisation that works proactively across the justice sector, we witness first-hand the hard work, dedication and commitment that happens up and down the country to support the effective delivery of a rehabilitative criminal justice service.

“The Inspire Justice Awards is a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on those individual heroes who play their part in protecting and educating our communities, supporting victims and educating and resettling offenders, which is why we are thrilled to be partnering with Skills for Justice to sponsor the awards for 2024.”

HM Courts and Tribunals Service chief executive officer Nick Goodwin said they were “delighted” to join Skills for Justice and other justice partners in supporting the Inspire Justice Awards again this year.

“The contribution that colleagues make on a daily basis to keep the justice system running smoothly deserves to be formally recognised, and we’re thrilled to celebrate the exceptional talent and accomplishments of individuals and teams working not only within HM Courts and Tribunals Service, but across the whole justice sector,” he said. “I’m very much looking forward to meeting the nominees and hearing more about their achievements at Inspire Justice Awards 2024.”

The Inspire Justice Awards are now open for nominations, with entries invited until June 20. Nominees will be notified in July if they have been successful in reaching the final.

The award winners will then be announced at a special awards ceremony hosted by journalist Clive Myrie at the QEII Centre in London this coming September.

The 2024 Inspire Justice Awards are supported by Unison, People Plus Group, HM Courts and Tribunals Service and SFJ Awards. To find out more or make a nomination visit:

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