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Chaplaincy

Free Church Ordained (12 hours) – 67439
£30,938 – £32,424
Multiple Locations

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We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.

Please note that this role is for 12 hours per week. Working times will include some Sunday mornings.

Overview    

Job holders will provide faith/belief and pastoral care to prisoners and staff in their own faith/belief tradition and have an understanding/knowledge of other faith/beliefs. Job holders will also be required to meet the pastoral needs of people of other faiths/beliefs and none.  

Characteristics    

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

•    Act as Faith/Belief adviser in the establishment providing advice, pastoral care and spiritual welfare to prisoners, staff and their families as requested.
•    Plan and lead worship/meditation/meditation, prayer and faith/belief specific meetings. Be part of the provision of available and accessible chaplaincy care at all times.
•    Facilitate and deliver opportunities for worship/meditation/meditation, study and religious programmes. Work collaboratively with other Chaplains and Managing Chaplain on the maintenance and provision of facilities for worship/meditation and prayer.
•    Contribute towards the development of local policy, procedures and practice.
•    Provide pastoral care to prisoners and help to provide support and bring resolution to crisis situations where required. Provide mentoring and personal support for other chaplains and volunteers including following incidents.
•    Nurture Chaplaincy volunteers in their contribution.
•    Facilitate services provided by contractors and volunteers.
•    Ensure your prison community is aware of relevant religious events and coordinate establishment support for these. Acquire and distribute appropriate faith/belief literature, supplies and materials
•    Contribute to training programmes and materials for staff and volunteers. Be part of the organisation and delivery of Faith Awareness Training for staff.
•    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.
•    Be proactive in forging links with their local faith/belief communities and other agencies, as relevant and consider ways in which these communities/agencies may become involved in mentoring prisoners on release. Undertake wider faith/belief community Ministerial Reviews, where appropriate.
•    Participate in developing ways for improving and achieving targets as required, undertake and ensure that all relevant administration, data collection and analysis including relevant targets are collated.
•    Assist in Probation Approved Premises (APs),  with offenders on release into the community, those serving community sentences or other HMPPS funded community initiatives by agreement.

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.

Job Descriptions relating to this Group Profile    

•    Chaplain: Anglican Ordained Bishop, Priest, Deacon, Religious Brother/Sister, Church Army Evangelist, Reader (as set out in Canon E4 of the Canons of the Church of England or direct equivalent in other Anglican provinces).

•    Chaplain: Buddhist.
•    Chaplain: Bahai.
•    Chaplain: Christian Chaplain – Ordained Priest or Free Church equivalent.
•    Chaplain: Christian Ordained Deacon Religious Brother Sister Lay Person.
•    Chaplain: Christian Science.
•    Chaplain: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
•    Chaplain: Free Church Non Ordained Deacon or Lay Person.
•    Chaplain: Free Church Ordained.
•    Chaplain: Hindu.
•    Chaplain: Humanist.
•    Chaplain: Jain.
•    Chaplain: Jewish.
•    Chaplain: Muslim.
•    Chaplain: Orthodox.
•    Chaplain: Pagan.
•    Chaplain: Quaker.
•    Chaplain: Rastafari.
•    Chaplain: Roman Catholic Ordained Priest Deacon Brother Sister Lay Person.
•    Chaplain: Roman Catholic Ordained Priest.
•    Chaplain: Sikh.
•    Chaplain: Spiritualist.
•    Chaplain: Zoroastrian.

Essential Experience    

Must complete specific training to hold the qualifications required for area of specialism outlined on the relevant job description.

Faith/Belief Eligibility Requirements (January 2022)

Bahai:
•    Be a current member of the Bahá’í Faith in good standing.
•    Have demonstrable in-depth knowledge of the Bahá’í Faith.
•    Have formal endorsement by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom.

Anglican:
Ordained Bishop, Priest or Deacon
•    Be an ordained member of the Anglican Communion (or of churches part of the Porvoo Agreement). 
•    Will normally need to have been in Holy Orders for a minimum of three years. 
•    Have formal endorsement in the form of the licence of the Diocesan Bishop. 
Or 
Reader, Religious Brother/Sister, Church Army Evangelist
•    Be a Reader (as set out in Canon E4 of The Canons of the Church of England or direct equivalent in other Anglican provinces).
•    Be a Religious sister or brother, Church Army Evangelist or other appropriately qualified or licensed minister in the Anglican tradition, subject to agreement from the Anglican Bishop to HM Prisons. 
•    Have formal endorsement in the form of the licence of the Diocesan Bishop (Evidence required before appointment).

All must have: 
•    signed the Church of England documentation on mutual flourishing or Church in Wales equivalent; 
•    demonstrable knowledge of Anglican theology and religious practice;  
•    formal endorsement from the HMPPS Anglican Faith and Belief Adviser confirming eligibility and suitability; and
•    Diocesan DBS clearance and up to date safeguarding training.

Buddhist:
•    Be a committed Buddhist living by a moral standard of at least that of the Five Precepts and meditate regularly.
•    Display a competent understanding of Buddhist teaching and practice.
•    Have demonstrable knowledge of Buddhist schools other than the one to which you belong and be willing and able to help and encourage interest in, and practice of those schools, when required.
•    Be willing to complete Angulimala’s Prison Dharma course and attend two of Angulimala’s training workshops a year.
•    Have endorsement by the HMPPS Buddhist Faith and Belief Adviser* (Evidence required before appointment).

Christian Science:
•    Chaplains should be members of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts.
•    Chaplains should be class taught students, by an authorised teacher of Christian Science.
•    Chaplains should be active members of a Christian Science branch church or society.
•    Chaplains should be endorsed by the Christian Science Prison Chaplains Committee.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:
•    Should be a committed Latter Day Saint, living the commandments and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
•    Men should be ordained elders or high priests. 
•    Women and men should be Temple Recommend Holders.
•    Should have a thorough understanding of the beliefs, doctrinal teachings and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
•    Be endorsed by local priesthood leaders; e.g. their Bishop or Stake President 
•    Be endorsed by the HMPPS Faith and Belief Adviser of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Free Church:
•    All Free Church chaplains are trained faith practitioners in their own communities. They are accountable to and accredited by an eligible denomination as listed on the Free Churches Group website. They will either be a minister (lay or ordained) of a Free Church denomination which is:
o    a member of the Free Churches Group, or
o    listed by the HMPPS Free Churches Faith and Belief Adviser as an ‘Additional Denomination’. 

Denominations listed as an “Additional Denomination” will satisfy all of the following:
    have a distinctive Free Church theology;
    be national members of either Churches Together in England or Cytun;
    have formally requested inclusion on the ‘Additional Denomination’ list;
    have agreed to abide by the “Joint Working Protocol for Prison Chaplains” established between the Free Churches Group, Churches together in England and Cytun.
•    Ordained Chaplains (including ordained deacons) will have completed a formal professional formation process appropriate to their denomination which satisfies that denomination of their ability to effectively practice and fulfil the skills and competencies required of an ordained minister. Where an ordained chaplain is appointed within the first two years of their ordination then the denomination will be required to demonstrate to the Free Churches Faith and Belief Adviser the additional support to be given during this crucial stage of ministry development.
•    Non-ordained Chaplains will have completed a level of study in a theological or biblical discipline which enables them to be recognised by their denomination as a non-ordained minister. 
•    Formal endorsement of the candidate’s denominational accreditation will be required from the HMPPS Free Churches Faith and Belief Adviser. 
•    Church leaders at a regional or national level; i.e. Moderators, Chairs, Regional Ministers etc. will be asked to provide written confirmation to the Faith and Belief Adviser attesting to the credentials, qualifications and accountability of each candidate. (This evidence will be required before appointment and thereafter periodically according to HMPPS vetting policy.) 
•    Required qualifications for Prison Chaplains. All Free Churches Chaplains will be expected to hold a formal recognised qualification in theology or religious study, normally to UK University undergraduate Diploma standard. 
•    Requirement for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). In order to maintain endorsement by the Free Churches Faith and Belief Adviser all chaplains will be required to demonstrate regular continuing reflection or training contributing towards their professional development as ministers. This will be recorded and assessed on an annual basis by the HMPPS Free Churches Faith and Belief Adviser

Hindu:
•    Be a committed and practising Hindu.
•    Display a competent understanding of Hindu teaching and practice.
•    Have demonstrable knowledge of Hindu philosophy and rituals.
•    Have relevant practical experience.
•    Have endorsement from the HMPPS Hindu Faith and Belief Adviser* (evidence required before appointment).

Humanist and Non-Religious:
•    Have a cohesive system of values or beliefs but which do not self-classify as religious.  These should be serious, genuinely and sincerely held, and worthy of respect in a democratic society.
•    An ability to articulate the values and beliefs above.
•    Have received formal endorsement from the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network.
•    Adherence to the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network (NRPSN’s) code of conduct
•    Maintain their accreditation with the NRPSN.

Jain:
•    Be a committed and practising Jain.
•    Display a competent understanding of Jain teaching and practice.
•    Have demonstrable knowledge of Jain philosophy and rituals.
•    Have relevant practical experience.
•    Have endorsement from the HMPPS Jain Faith and Belief Adviser* (Evidence required before appointment).

 Jehovah’s Witness: 
•    A minister for Jehovah’s Witnesses must be an appointed elder. 
•    Have a formal nomination from the body of elders of the congregation where he is an appointed elder. 
•    Have formal endorsement by the HMPPS Faith and Belief Adviser for Jehovah’s Witnesses. 
•    Measure up to the scriptural qualifications found at 1 Timothy 3:1-10; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:2, 3 and display them to a consistent and reasonable degree. 
•    Have a thorough understanding of the beliefs, teachings and practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses and is committed to living by the Bible’s moral values and standards. 
•    Have been trained and have experience in pastoral care and have demonstrated effective communication and social skills. 
•    Have formal endorsement by the HMPPS Faith and Belief Adviser for Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

Jewish:
•    Be an ordained Rabbi, 
Or
•    In lieu of ordination, be a committed, practising and knowledgeable Jewish lay person.
•    Have endorsement from HMPPS Jewish Faith and Belief Adviser* (Evidence required before appointment).

Muslim:
•    Hold a recognised qualification in Islamic Studies at ‘Alimiyyah / graduate level.
Or
•    Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of Islam at an equivalent level. 
•    Be proficient in Tajweed (correct pronunciation of Arabic).
•    Have demonstrable knowledge of the different schools of thought and denominations within Islam and be willing to help in, encourage interest in, and facilitate practice of those schools and denominations when required by different segments of the congregation.
•    Formal endorsement by the candidate’s faith community – through HMPPS Muslim Faith and Belief Adviser in Chaplaincy and Faith Services at headquarters. Evidence required before appointment).

(Christian) Orthodox:
Ordained Bishop, Priest or Deacon
•    Will be an ordained bishop, priest or deacon of an Orthodox Christian Church in Communion with the See of Constantinople, and/or Antioch, Jerusalem, Alexandria. 
•    Will have formal endorsement in the form of the certificate of Ordination. *(Evidence required before appointment, and endorsement from the HMPPS Orthodox Faith and Belief Adviser).  Will normally need to have been in Holy Orders for a minimum of three years, unless this is dispensed with by the ordaining bishop in consultation with the HMPPS Orthodox Faith and Belief Adviser.

Subdeacon, Reader, Monastic, Layperson
•    Will be an active member of an Orthodox Christian community which is in Communion with the See of Constantinople, and/or Antioch, Jerusalem, Alexandria.
•    Will have formal evidence of having completed a course of study in an appropriate theological discipline, at or through an institute generally recognised by the Orthodox Church, at Level 4 or above.
•    Will have endorsement, and confirmation of ordination (if appropriate) from their parish priest or bishop.
*(Evidence required before appointment, and endorsement from the HMPPS Orthodox Faith and Belief Adviser).  

Pagan:
•    Be a proven and continued member of the Pagan Federation as the endorsing body or other eligible grove/coven or group who are signed up with and represented by the Pagan Symposium.
•    Referenced or evidence-based training within the Pagan Community 
•    Theologically competent and proficient in teaching eclectically across more than one Pagan Tradition.
•    Have an understanding and can demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of Pagan practice.
•    Pagan Chaplains will be asked to provide written confirmation to the HMPPS Pagan Faith and Belief Adviser attesting to the credentials, qualifications and accountability of each candidate. (This evidence will be required before appointment and thereafter periodically according to HMPPS vetting policy.) 
•    Requirement for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). In order to maintain endorsement by the HMPPS Pagan Faith and Belief Adviser, all chaplains will be required to have regular contact with and unbroken membership of their endorsing body and the wider Pagan community.  Engage with and demonstrate regular continuing reflection or training contributing towards their professional development as ministers. This will be recorded and assessed on an annual basis by the HMPPS Pagan Faith and Belief Adviser. 
•    Must have the endorsement of the HMPPS Pagan Faith and Belief Adviser (Evidence required before appointment). 

Quaker: 
•    Be a Member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in good standing.
•    Have demonstrable in-depth knowledge of Quaker faith and practice. It is desirable although not essential that candidates will have completed the Equipping for Ministry course at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.
•    Have formal endorsement by the candidate’s faith community – through HMPPS Quaker Faith and Belief Adviser.

Rastafari:
•    Must be a committed Rastafarian.
•    Must demonstrate a high level of consciousness towards the principles of Rastafari.
•    Must have a high tolerance and flexibility when working with the various members of the Rastafari family.
•    Must have a general understanding of all the Rastafarian Mansions/Houses.
•    Good knowledge of the RasTeferi way of life (Livity).
•    Good knowledge of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie 1st and Ethiopian/African culture
•    Good listening and communicating skills.
•    Must have the endorsement of the HMPPS Rastafari Faith and Belief Adviser.

Roman Catholic:
Ordained Priest
•    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 a specific diocese by the local Diocesan Bishop (Evidence required before appointment). 

Or
Ordained Deacon, Religious Brother/Sister/Lay Person
•    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). 

All must have:
•    completed formally recognised theological formation; for a Priest or Deacon in a major seminary or equivalent as prescribed by The Code of Canon Law and for a religious or lay person a theological qualification that, as the minimum, equates to the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS); 
•    formal agreement from the local diocesan bishop to minister in those prisons located within his Diocese; and
•    formal endorsement from the HMPPS Roman Catholic Faith and Belief Adviser confirming eligibility and suitability.

 Sikh:
•    Must be a Baptised Sikh (i.e. has completed Amrit Initiation).
•    Show practical demonstration of reading, reciting and translating Sikh scriptures. Desirably the candidate should hold a Degree/Diploma in Sikh theology.
•    Must have demonstrable knowledge of Sikh Religion, its history and commitment to adhere to the Sikh Code of Conduct (“Rehat Maryada- Akal Takht Sahib”).
•    Must be proficient in Punjabi.
•    Formal endorsement from the HMPPS Sikh Faith and Belief Adviser confirming eligibility and suitability.

Spiritualist:
•    Must have passed the required prison chaplain training as set by the Spiritualists’ National Union (which is the governing body for Spiritualism),
•    Must be approved/endorsed by the SNU’s Ministers Administration Committee.

Zoroastrian
•    Must be a Zoroastrian initiated into the faith by a Zoroastrian Mobed.
•    Must hold a degree / diploma in Zoroastrian Studies or show practical demonstration of reading, reciting and translating Zoroastrian scriptures.
•    Must have demonstrable knowledge of Zoroastrian history, heritage and culture and able to speak Parsi Guajarati or/and Persian.
•    Formal endorsement from the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (Evidence required before appointment).

Hours of Work and Allowances    

•    If part time,  hours to be confirmed.

Behaviours    

•    Communicating and Influencing.
•    Managing a Quality Service.
•    Making Effective Decisions.
•    Changing and Improving
•    Working Together
•    Delivering at Pace

Essential Experience    

Chaplains are required to meet the faith/belief eligibility requirements for their faith/belief community as outlined within the Group Profile.

All Faith/Beliefs

An ability to fulfil all spoken and written aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.

Technical Requirements    

Must complete specific training to hold the qualifications required for area of specialism outlined in the faith/belief eligibility requirements (listed within the Group Profile).

Salary

£30,938 - £32,424 pro rata

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s 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.

Benefits

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

Pension

-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

Training

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 provides a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

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

Eligibility

-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 the 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. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity.