Kashmir is a member of the CofE General Synod and committed to diversity and inclusivity in both her personal and professional life. Kashmir identified a gap in the consideration of faith in the needs and services provided to offenders by HMPPS. She held discussions with the Chaplain General and the NPS Executive Director. This led to Kashmir designing the HMPPS Partnership Framework and leading an early adopter programme within 12 prisons and 6 NPS Approved Premises(APs). The key objectives of the programme are to strengthen the partnership arrangements between the NPS and prison and community chaplaincy in England and Wales, and to give the much needed recognition to the contribution that faith can make to resettlement and desistance.
In implementing the prison programme, Kashmir collaborated with chaplains and probation in defining a clear process and guidance to ensure consistency in meeting the key objectives. For the AP programme, Kashmir was supported by the National Secretary of the Community Chaplaincy Association and the Coordinator of the national Welcome Directory.
The early adopter programme sites now have prison chaplains contributing to sentence planning meetings, and in APs offenders are engaged in discussions about their faith. Before this programme commenced this was not routine practice.
The evaluation reports commissioned evidenced strengthened partnership between prison chaplains and NPS, resulting in pro-active liaison and sharing of information about offenders with an identified faith or pastoral care needs. In APs it has enabled a holistic approach where offenders’ spiritual needs are taken into account. Statistical data gathered, which included offender feedback, has highlighted the positive impact of this programme. The inclusion of faith in an offender’s journey through custody and community has been a significant achievement and is further supported by NPS’ commitment to deploy this programme across all APs in England and Wales.