HMP Durham – Christian Chaplain (Full Time) – 42379
£32,405 - £36,476
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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 be responsible for the religious care of prisoners and staff in one of the following faith traditions and will be qualified to provide guidance in a capacity as outlined below, meeting the current Faith Eligibility Requirements held by Chaplaincy HQ:
- Anglican Faith – (Ordained Deacon Religious Brother Sister Lay Person)
- Anglican Faith – (Ordained Priest)
- Christian Faith – (Ordained Priest or Free Church equivalent)
- Chritian Faith – (Ordained Deacon Religious Brother Sister Lay Person)
- Free Church – (Non Ordained Deacon or lay Person)
- Free Church – (Ordained)
- Hindu Faith
- Humanist Faith
- Muslim Faith
- Roman Catholic Faith – (Ordained Deacon Religious Brother Sister Lay Person)
- Roman Catholic Faith – (Ordained Priest)
- Sikh Faith
- Buddhist Faith
- Jewish Faith
- Orthodox Faith
- Pagan Faith
- Quaker Faith
- Rastafari Faith
- Roman Catholic Faith (Priest Deacon Brother Sister Lay Person)
- Spiritualist Faith
- Christian Science Faith
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.
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 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
- 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
- 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 targets As required, undertake and ensure that all relevant administration, data collection and analysis including relevant targets are collated
- Be part of the organisation and delivery of Faith Awareness Training for staff
- 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
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.
- Communicating and Influencing
- Managing a Quality Service
- Making Effective Decisions
- Working Together
Chaplains are required to meet the Faith Eligibility Requirements for their chosen faith as outlined within the Group Profile.
An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.
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.
Normal working days would be from Sunday to Thursday.
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.
-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
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.