Ministry of Justice: Crimes against the Person

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 1st December 2022.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make an estimate of the number of staff who have been victims of (a) sexual harassment and (b) bullying in his Department in each year since 2018.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether any complaints of (a) bullying, (b) harassment or (c) discrimination by were dismissed by his Department in each of the last five years.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints about bullying were made by staff in his Department, in each year since 2010.

Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of trends in the level of verbal abuse towards Departmental staff; and what steps his Department is taking to better protect departmental staff.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

There is zero tolerance for bullying across the Civil Service. The MoJ also has policies in place to support staff facing any form of bullying, harassment or victimisation while at work.

The table below shows the number of grievances raised by MoJ staff (including agencies) where the grievance reason includes "Bullying" or "Harassment - sex", and the outcome is either "Upheld" or "Partially Upheld", by year.

2018

2018 rate per 100 staff

2019

2019 rate per 100 staff

2020

2020 rate per 100 staff

2021

2021 rate per 100 staff

Grievances where the reason includes "Harassment - sex" and the outcome is either "Upheld" or "Partially Upheld"

6

0.0078

6

0.0072

Grievances where the reason includes "Bullying" and the outcome is either "Upheld" or "Partially Upheld"

170

0.23

174

0.23

172

0.22

201

0.24

Notes and caveats:

  • Data covers employees in Ministry of Justice Head Quarters, His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, Legal Aid Agency, Office of the Public Guardian and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
  • Data suppression is applied where the number of cases is less than 5.
  • Grievances can be raised for multiple reasons; cases are selected where the relevant reason is cited.
  • Year is based on year the grievance was opened on the case management system.
  • Grievances are included where the outcome was "Upheld" or "Partially Upheld".
  • If an appeal on the original case outcome has been made, the appeal outcome is used rather than the original case outcome.
  • In a small number of cases multiple outcomes are recorded, these have been included if "Upheld" or "Partially Upheld" is one of the outcomes.

Grievances may only be dismissed if it is determined that they have been submitted for vexatious or malicious reasons. Data on grievances dismissed for these reasons are not held on the Ministry of Justice management system.

The number of formal grievances raised by MoJ staff where the reason includes "Bullying" is set out in the table below, including those which were not upheld.

2017

2017 rate per 100 staff

2018

2018 rate per 100 staff

2019

2019 rate per 100 staff

2020

2020 rate per 100 staff

2021

2021 rate per 100 staff

Number of grievances where the reason includes "Bullying"

378

0.56

418

0.57

491

0.65

551

0.71

536

0.64

Notes and caveats:

  • Data covers employees in Ministry of Justice Head Quarters, His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service, His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, Legal Aid Agency, Office of the Public Guardian and Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
  • Data suppression is applied where the number of cases is less than 5.
  • Year is based on when the grievance was opened on the case management system.
  • MoJ moved to a new grievance reporting system during 2017. The first year for which complete data is held is 2017.
  • Includes all grievances regardless of outcome, including those which were not upheld.
  • MoJ and executive agency payroll staff average headcount for 2017*, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

2017*

67,931

2018

73,015

2019

75,502

2020

77,121

2021

83,816

*Please note: the 2017 average staff in post figure is based on data covering March to December 2017. A new HR database was introduced in early 2017 and figures from January and February 2017 data are not regarded as robust.

No assessment has been made of trends in the level of verbal abuse towards Departmental staff as the MoJ does not hold relevant data on central systems.

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