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Overview of the job
This is a Chaplaincy job in an establishment which provides pastoral and faith specific care to prisoners and staff.
The job holder will provide for the religious care of prisoners and staff in the Roman Catholic faith tradition including (for ordained priests) sacramental provision, and appropriate pastoral care for all irrespective of faith or tradition.
The job holder will work with colleagues to ensure the delivery of the specification "Faith and Pastoral Care", and also the broader work of chaplaincy in delivering faith and non-faith based courses. Will contribute to the process by which the Governor and Head of Chaplaincy/Profession at HQ are assured that the specification is being delivered.
The job holder will engage with, and build contacts with their own faith community towards aiding the resettlement of offenders.
This is a non-operational job with no line management or supervisory responsibilities.
Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:Act as faith advisor in the establishment providing advice, pastoral care and spiritual welfare to prisoners, staff and their families as requested.Facilitate and deliver opportunities for worship both sacramental (for priests) and non-sacramental, study and religious programmes.Contribute towards the development of local policy, procedures and practice.Provide mentoring and personal support for other chaplains and volunteers including following incidents.Be part of the provision of available and accessible chaplaincy care at all times.Plan and lead worship and prayer/faith specific meetings.Provide pastoral care to prisoners and help to provide support and bring resolution to crisis situations where required.Nurture Chaplaincy volunteers in their contribution.Facilitate services provided by contractors and volunteers.Work collaboratively with other Chaplains and Managing Chaplain on the maintenance and provision of facilities for worship and prayer.Ensure your prison community is aware of relevant religious events and coordinate establishment support for these.Acquire and distribute appropriate religious literature, supplies and materials.Contribute to training programmes and materials for staff and volunteers.Be proactive in forging links with their local faith communities and other agencies, as relevant, and consider ways in which these communities/ agencies may become involved in mentoring prisoners on release.Participate in developing ways for improving and achieving Service Delivery Indicators (SDI).As required, undertake and ensure that all relevant administration, data collection and analysis including relevant SDIs are collated.Be part of the organisation and delivery of Faith Awareness Training for staff.Take responsibility for your own spiritual health and development, allowing time for private prayer, study and retreat.Undertake Diocesan Ministerial Reviews, where appropriate.Provide appropriate support to the establishment in the absence of the Managing Chaplain.Actively support the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) process.Attend relevant boards/meetings and actively contribute either as chair or team member.
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.
BehavioursCommunicating and Influencing.Managing a Quality Service.Making Effective Decisions.Leadership.Working Together.
Chaplains are required to meet the Faith Eligibility Requirements for their chosen faith as outlined within the Group Profile.
Must complete specific training to hold the qualifications required for area of specialism outlined in the Faith Eligibility Requirements (listed within the Group Profile).
Be an ordained Priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Formal endorsement in the form of recognition from the appropriate Diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior, and formal agreement to work in specific Dioceses by the local diocesan Bishop (evidence required before appointment).
Be an ordained Permanent Deacon, a Religious Brother or Sister or a suitably qualified lay person of the Roman Catholic Church. Formal endorsement in the form of recognition from the appropriate Diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior and formal agreement to work in a specific diocese by the local Diocesan Bishop (Evidence required before appointment).
Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances
Unsocial Hours Working
This role requires working regular unsocial hours and a 17% payment will be paid in addition to your basic pay to recognise this. Unsocial hours are those hours outside 0700 - 1900hrs Monday to Friday and include working evenings, nights, weekends and Bank/Public holidays.