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Court and prison support

Our chaplains are available at most major courts and some prisons.

They can offer help with your spiritual and mental wellbeing, make referrals to other helpful agencies for you or can just sit down with you for a chat.

Our court and prison chaplains provide support and friendship to families before, during and after legal proceedings, as well as to offenders.

Going to court or prison can be incredibly daunting, not just to people involved but to their families and friends as well. Sometimes the feelings of isolation, guilt and shame can be overwhelming, particularly for the families and parents of offenders. Having someone to support you and to help you understand the process you’re about to go through can make a huge difference.

Our chaplains are available to provide emotional and/or spiritual support without discrimination for:

  • Victims of crime
  • Families of victims
  • Offenders
  • Families of offenders
  • Witnesses
  • Court and prison staff

Enquiries about loved ones

We can try to help you find out about the welfare of someone who is going to court or is in prison.

Supporting prisoners

Our chaplains provide a range of support, without discrimination, to adult and juvenile prisoners through:

  • Weekly visits
  • Chapel services
  • Regular Bibles studies
  • Spiritual counselling

We also use our extensive network to assist prisoners with post-release support.

Counselling & recovery support

Our chaplains can also help with entry into Salvation Army programs, such as:

  • The Positive Lifestyle Program to gain better self awareness and skills for an improved life
  • Recovery services for those caught in the cycle of addiction
  • Financial counselling through our Moneycare service
  • Counselling support
  • Emergency accommodation in some cases

Contact a court or prison chaplain

To contact a court or prison chaplain, please complete the form below.

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For other chaplaincy requests

If you would like a chaplain to attend your workplace, please contact your management team to place a request with our chaplaincy team.

If you would like someone to visit you personally, please contact your local Salvation Army church.

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