Working with the prison services

Samaritans works with Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), Scottish Prison Service (SPS), Irish Prison Service (IPS) and Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) to deliver the Listener scheme across the UK and Ireland.

Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)

The Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) manages public sector prisons and the contract for private prisons in England and Wales, and oversees probation delivery in England and Wales including through community rehabilitation companies.

Scottish Prison Service (SPS)

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is part of the Scottish Government and was set up in 1993. Its purpose is to provide secure custody and reduce reoffending in the community. SPS has 13 publicly managed prisons and two privately managed prisons.

Irish Prison Service (IPS)

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is part of the Department of Justice and Equality. It provides for male offenders over 17, and female offenders, over 18 years old. Their mission is to provide safe and secure custody and to rehabilitate prisoners to provide safer communities.

Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS)

The Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) is part of the Department of Justice. It oversees the operation and delivery of services within the Northern Ireland prison system. Its aim is to improve public safety by rehabilitating prisoners and reducing reoffending.

Read more information about our partnerships with these prison services.