Chaplaincy and faith services
The prison chaplaincy service is a multi-faith service and is responsive to all faiths. Prisoners do not need to profess a faith to request help from a chaplain.
The chaplaincy service offers a message of hope, reconciliation and healing delivered with dignity and respect
Each prison has a local coordinating chaplain. A principal chaplain is based at Yatala Labour Prison.
There are around 35 accredited chaplains working with the prisons across the state.
The prison chaplaincy offers:
- pastoral care – a listening and support services for prisoners and staff
- religious services including worship programs and religious education and
- varying programs that emphasis personal development.
All prisoners are given the opportunity to express their faith, to practise their religious beliefs and have access to appropriate sacred texts, rituals and literature. This is with accordance with human rights conventions and security protocols.
The chaplaincy also provides a number of programs including individual pastoral care and group work.
Prison Chaplaincy also provide post release support helping prisoners as the reintegrate with the community.
The prison chaplaincy has student placements and training opportunities available.
Who is involved with the prison chaplaincy
The service is an arrangement between the Chaplaincy Services SA Inc. (CSSA) and The Department for Correctional Services.
The CSSA members include:
- The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide
- The Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide
- The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of SA
- The Lutheran Church of Australia SA/NT District Incorporated
- Churches of Christ SA/NT
- Baptist Churches SA - Australian Christian Churches
- The Salvation Army
Other faiths and religions
Prisoners of other faiths are supported with pastoral care from their own faith community though professional visits. This can be arranged on request.
How to get in touch with the chaplaincy
Prisoners can speak to any officer to ask for the prison chaplain to visit.
The public can contact the chaplains by calling Yatala Labour Prison and asking for the chaplain.