Prison Chaplaincy

HM Prison Service has a responsibility to provide an environment that enables employees to work with confidence whatever their gender, race, sexual orientation, faith, age or disability.
— Prison Service Equal Opportunities Statement

eligibility to work as a prison chaplain

If you are from a Free Churches background and wish to work as a Chaplain in a prison in England and Wales then you need to be eligible to do so. This means that you must be a minister, either lay or ordained of a Free Church denomination which is either a member of the Free Churches Group, or Churches Together in England or Churches Together in Wales (eligible denominations listed here). You must have studied biblical or pastoral studies to a level acceptable to your group or denomination and be accredited as a minister by them.

DOWNLOAD 'Endorsement Guidelines for Free Churches Prison Chaplains' document:

If you are unsure as to whether or not you are eligible to work in prison chaplaincy, please complete and submit the 'Ad Hoc Endorsement Request Form' - from there on, Bob Wilson, Prison Chaplain Secretary, will make some initial explorations for you: