The Prison Service Chaplaincy, in partnership with faith communities through a network of national Faith Advisers, provides chaplains for all HM Prisons in England and Wales. It works within the Prison Service which is part of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in the Ministry of Justice. The responsibilities of the Chaplain General and his headquarters colleagues include the giving of advice to ministers and officials about policy decisions with a religious or ethical dimension. The multi-faith team at HQ also visit every establishment on a yearly basis to provide assurance that chaplaincy services are being delivered to a high standard in accordance with Prison Service Instructions and the expectations of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons.
Chaplains are recruited, trained, deployed and supported in their work of providing for the religious needs of prisoners, giving opportunities for worship, formation and instruction, and offering a pastoral ministry at times of crisis and opportunity. Chaplains are also involved in enabling the observance of all faith traditions as part of multi-faith teams. Their ministry is always available to staff. The Chaplain General has responsibility for all faith traditions.
It is an exciting and privileged ministry and the Chaplain General is available if anyone is interested in taking through becoming a prison chaplain – contact details as below.
The Bishop to Prisons: Rt Revd James Langstaff (Bishop of Rochester)
Chaplain General: Revd James Ridge