Unite Criminal Justice Managers (UCJM) has its history in representing middle and senior managers in the Probation Service. Formed in 1980 as the Probation Managers' Association, it provides professional support and advice for members who hold management posts within the criminal justice system. It recognised the changes in legislation which brought in service providers from the private and voluntary sectors, and in December 2011 amended its constitution and changed its title in order to bring benefits of membership to managers in those sectors while continuing its provision of service to those within the National Probation Service. It has close links with the Ministry of Justice, the National Probation Directorate and the Probation Boards' Association. Its views are regularly sought throughout the criminal justice system and it is represented on a number of influential bodies.
As an autonomous branch of Unite the union, UCJM has its own constitution and national executive committee. Contact with members is maintained through a network of regional representatives, and a news bulletin is published several times a year. The national executive provides a rapid response to member enquiries, and support in representing them on occasions when difficulties arise in the workplace. As a branch of Unite it is able to draw upon the expertise and resources of the largest trade union in the UK.
UCJM affirms and promotes the crucial role of managers in the criminal justice system and their skills in effectively managing service delivery, innovation and change. Alongside these, it is also concerned to ensure that the management skills of its members are appropriately recognised, developed and protected in the often hostile work environment which demands constantly high standards of performance from finite resources.