Chaplain - Ecumenical, HMP Parc (External)

Chaplain (Ecumenical), HM Prison & YOI Parc in Bridgend

External FT Vacancy

Job Reference: 5166

Closing Date: 08/09/2017

Salary : £30,824.96 per annum

Contract Type: Full Time

As the world’s leading security solutions group with operations in over 100 countries and more than 610,000 employees worldwide, G4S is a truly unique company. We’re bigger, more diverse and involved in more fascinating, cutting-edge projects than many people would imagine and we now have an opportunity for Chaplain to join our team at HMP Parc, a category B prison, In Bridgend, South Wales, currently holding over 1600 men and young people in a secure but modern environment.

Job Outline: To provide a pastoral ministry to prisoners and staff; to provide opportunities for worship, religious observation and instruction; to make a general contribution to the management and policies of the prison; and to develop the relationship between the prison and the local community.

Key Responsibilties

  • Pastoral care of prisoners, including interviewing new Receptions, Discharges, visiting  those located in the Safer Custody Unit and those segregated under prison rules
  • Responding to prisoner applications and offering ministry to the suicidal and the bereaved
  • Worship, preaching, teaching in accordance with your faith tradition
  • Group instruction and provision of offending behaviour programmes using a variety of media e.g. music, information technology etc
  • The provision of resources pertinent to your faith tradition, within the constraints of the prison budget
  • Creation of opportunities for faith sharing (not proselytising) and organising special events.
  • Keeping alive prison family links through the ministry of local faith groups and their representatives
  • Developing and maintaining collegiate relationships within the Chaplaincy team and attendance of team meetings
  • Keeping accurate administrative records in accordance with G4S prison requirements and Prison Service directives.
  • Maintaining a Chaplains Journal of duties performed and actions taken
  • Advising the Prison Director and Senior Management Team and representing Chaplaincy on management groups as required
  • Contributing to achieving an acceptable or better rating in any Religion audit
  • Developing a role within the total life of the prison promoting moral and spiritual values in accordance with your faith
  • Facilitating visits by local Faith Representatives to see prisoners of their own faith
  • Attendance of training events and conferences as arranged by the prison
  • Contributing to Employee Induction on the work of the Chaplaincy at the establishment
  • Carrying out ‘On Call’ duties

The Ideal Candidate:

Formal Education

  • Be an ordained Minister or Lay person suitably qualified and endorsed by the candidate’s own denomination
  • Be trained to a recognised academic competence in Theology, Biblical Studies and Pastoral Care
  • Have the formal endorsement of the denomination represented

Technical Education

  • Must be IT literate - Emails, Microsoft Word and Excel


  • Minimum of 2 years experience in Ministry

Personal Qualities

  • Be an effective communicator
  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience in faith matters
  • Have a commitment to working collaboratively in a Multi-Faith context
  • Have a proven track record of pastoral care, committed to upholding the dignity and worth of others
  • Respect the beliefs and practices of others, irrespective of faith
  • Be committed to continued personal growth, and effective work/life balance i.e. physical health, family life, and professional and spiritual development

For more information and to apply the post, please visit here.

For eligibility to work as a Prison Chaplain, please visit here.









Volunteer Free Churches Chaplain Vacancy, HMP Winchester (External)

HMP Winchester is looking to appoint a Volunteer Chaplain to join the chaplaincy team. HMP Winchester is a large and complex local prison with a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of which the chaplaincy team is a crucial part. The successful candidate will join the multi-faith chaplaincy team under the leadership of Revd Marina Brain the Managing Chaplain to assist in providing high quality pastoral and faith specific care to those who work and reside in the prison.

The role will involve working on one Sunday morning each month, both leading and assisting in leading Sunday services. There will also be an expected commitment to two further sessions (either morning or afternoon) each week. Whilst experience of prison chaplaincy is not expected and role-specific training is available from the Prison Service, experience of working as a minister in an institutional context would be highly advantageous.

 In order to be eligible for this post the Chaplain must be a minister (lay or ordained) of an appropriate Free Churches denomination and be endorsed by the Free Churches Faith Advisor to NOMS. A full list of eligible denominations and the appropriate criteria for ministers who wish to be endorsed can be found here.

If you are interested in this role, then please send an email containing a letter stating why you think that you would be a good candidate for this post with an accompanying CV to the Managing Chaplain at