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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 Muslim faith tradition 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. The job holder 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 jobholder will be required to carry 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 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.
· 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.
· Communicating and Influencing
· Managing a Quality Service
· Making Effective Decisions
· Working Together
· Have in-depth knowledge of Islam (preferably hold a recognised qualification in Islamic Studies at graduate level).
· Demonstrate at least three years of excellent Imam skills (relevant practical experience in delivery of worship, group work and pastoral care).
· Formal endorsement from the Prison Service Muslim Adviser at Chaplaincy HQ (evidence required before appointment).
· 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).
Hours of Work (Unsocial Hours) Allowances
37 hour working week
Unsocial Hours Working
This role requires working regular unsocial hours. Unsocial hours are those hours outside 0700 - 1900hrs Monday to Friday and include working evening, nights, weekends and Bank / Public holidays.