Community Chaplaincy Network Update

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Community Chaplaincy Network Update


Community Chaplaincy Network Update

2nd October 2016


International Conference on Community Chaplaincy


It’s great to see the profile of Community Chaplaincy being raised by the Acadia University in Canada. They have just held an international conference on Community Chaplaincy at which a number of UK representatives were present. The aim of the gathering was to identify and encourage research that can inform and improve faith-based and other efforts to encourage successful re-entry and re-integration and to reduce recidivism and its associated costs.  The university aims to be an international hub for Community Chaplaincy – becoming a resource base for researchers and practitioners. A report from the conference will soon be available online. Furthermore, the University will establish a dedicated website of materials related to faith-based interventions with ex-offenders, for the use of practitioners, researchers, policymakers, funders, and the general public. It is expected that the database website will be launched in January 2017 and details will be circulated as soon as this is available. If you have research that you would like to contribute to this endeavour please email



Public Accounts Committee report on Transforming Rehabilitation


The Public Accounts Committee has published a report on how the criminal justice system is performing after Transforming Rehabilitation reforms and highlights a number of issues that hae been raised within the Community Chaplaincy network. It flags up the big ICT problems that probation providers face and also the impact of having lower than predicted volumes of clients referred to the CRCs. The report also states that the pace of change has been slow, with less investment than previously anticipated in voluntary sector providers. The report concluding that the Ministry of Justice has yet to bring about the ‘rehabilitation revolution’ promised. You can read it in full here:



Housing Needs for Women in the Criminal Justice System


Six in ten women do not have homes to go to on release from prison according to a new report published by the Prison Reform Trust and Women in Prison. The report argues that the failure to solve a chronic shortage of suitable housing options for women who offend leads to more crime, more victims and more unnecessary and expensive imprisonment. It shows that women in prison are more likely to lose their accommodation than men, and that there is not enough advice and support available to them to help them keep their tenancies. It also highlights the lack of support provided by Local Authorities who often deem women on release as ‘intentionally homeless’, thus reducing their eligibility for services. You can read the full report here:



Upcoming events


Prisons Week – 9th-16th October – find out more about available resources here:


Joint conference with Prison Chaplaincy – 20th October in York – find out more and register here:


National Community Chaplaincy Peer Support Meeting – 24th November in Rugby – find out more and register here:


National volunteer recognition event – 1st Dec, London - You can nominate up to 2 volunteers to attend. To find out more and book your (free) spaces please click here

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