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Roman Catholic Priest 19 hours per week HMPPS South Wales – 44961
£32,405 - £36,476


We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit:

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Job holders within this Group Profile will provide religious and pastoral care of prisoners and staff in their own faith tradition and have an understanding/ knowledge of other differing faiths.


Typical tasks associated with this Group Profile include:

·   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

·   Undertake Diocesan Ministerial Reviews, where appropriate

·   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

Job Descriptions relatingto this Group Profile

·    Chaplain : Anglican Ordained Deacon Religious Brother Sister Lay Person

·    Chaplain : Anglican Ordained Priest

·    Chaplain : Christian Chaplain – Ordained Priest or Free Church equivalent

·    Chaplain : Christian Ordained Deacon Religious Brother Sister Lay Person

·    Chaplain : Free Church Non Ordained Deacon or lay Person

·    Chaplain : Free Church Ordained

·    Chaplain : Hindu

·    Chaplain : Muslim

·    Chaplain : Roman Catholic Ordained Deacon Religious Brother Sister Lay Person

·    Chaplain : Roman catholic Ordained Priest

·    Chaplain : Sikh

·    Chaplain : Buddhist

·    Chaplain : Jewish

·    Chaplain : Orthodox

·    Chaplain : Pagan

·    Chaplain : Quaker

·    Chaplain : Rastafari

Essential Skills/Qualifications/Accreditation/Registration

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

Faith Eligibility Requirements (May 2017)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 to help and encourage interest in, and practice of those schools, when required.

·         Have endorsement by the Prison Service Buddhist Faith Adviser* (Evidence required before appointment)


Ordained Priest

·         Be an ordained member of the Anglican Communion (or of churches part of the Porvoo and Meissen Agreements).

·         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.


Licensed Reader, Religious Brother/Sister

·         Be a licensed Reader, ordained Deacon

·         Be a Religious sister or brother, Church Army officer or other appropriately qualified or licensed minister in the Anglican tradition*] subject to agreement from Anglican Bishop to Prisons.

·         Have formal endorsement in the form of the licence of the Diocesan Bishop

Free Church:

Ordained Chaplains

·         Be an ordained (or denominational equivalent) minister of a free church denomination / church grouping which is either a member of the Free Churches Group, Churches Together in England or Churches Together in

Wales. Ordained Free Church chaplains are trained faith practitioners in their own communities.

  • Ordained (or denominational equivalent) chaplains will have shown through at least two years post-ordination / accreditation experience that they can effectively practice and fulfil the skills and competencies required of a Faith A formal recognised qualification in theology or religious study and Professional Recognition by their denomination generally representing at least 3 years of study, normally to Degree standard will be required of all ordained chaplains.



Ordained Priest or Bishop

  • Be an ordained priest or bishop of the Orthodox Church in Communion with the See of Constantinople, and/or Antioch, Jerusalem,
  • Will normally need to have been in Holy Orders for a minimum of three Have formal endorsement in the form of the certificate of Ordination of a Bishop, Metropolitan or Patriarch. *(Evidence required before appointment or approval from the Advisor to MOJ subject to agreement from Orthodox Advisor to MOJ/ Orthodox Bishop’s Pastoral Committee).

Roman Catholic: Ordained Priest

  • Be an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic
  • 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)


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
  • Have formal endorsement by the prison service faith advisor for Jehovah’s


  • 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
  • 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


  • Practicing Sikh, preferably Amritdhari, who wears the Sikh
  • Display an in-depth understanding of Sikh teaching and practice and be able to read and recite Gurbani (Sikh prayers).
  • Committed to the Sikh Rehat Maryada (Code of Conduct) & Guru Granth
  • Have endorsement from the Prison Service Sikh Faith Adviser* (Evidence required before appointment).


  • Ability to communicate in Punjabi


  • 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 SNUs Ministers Administration Committee

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

·         Leadership

·         Working Together


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

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.