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Free Church Chaplain Ordained and Non-Ordained – 44870
£32,405 - £36,476


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Overview of the job    

This is 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 Free Church 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. 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 responsibilities.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties    

The job holder 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


All of the competencies in the National Offender Management Services (NOMS) Competency Quality Framework (CQF) are relevant to this group profile. For the purpose of selection the following competencies will be measured:

•    3. Making Effective Decisions
•    4. Leading and Communicating
•    9. Managing a Quality Service
•    11. Achieving a Safe and Secure in Environment
•    13. Caring

Essential Skills/ Qualifications/Accreditation/ Registration  

Need to have received training to a recognised academic competence in Theology, Biblical  Studies  and  Pastoral Care.  Required  to be  an Accredited Minister  of  their denomination.
Formal  endorsement  from  the  candidate’s own  denomination  through  the NOMS Free Church Adviser.   Church Leaders, e.g. Moderators, Chairs and   Superintendents will be asked to provide written confirmation attesting to credentials,   qualifications and accountability of each candidate sponsored by their denomination. Free   Church Chaplains  (non-Ordained  /  Deacons)  are  trained  Faith  practitioners  in  their  own communities. They have demonstrated consistently to a range of people (academic / pastoral / practical) that they have effective communication and relational skills in order to have achieved this level of accreditation.    

Formal recognised qualification in theology or religious study generally  representing  at least three years of Part Time study, normally to Diploma standard.

Hours of Work  and Allowances    

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.

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers


-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.