Christian Chaplain, HMP Lowdham Grange in Nottinghamshire
External FT vacancy
Salary: £29,210 per annum
Closing date for application: 22nd Sep 2019
Job Purpose: To represent the Christian Faith: Anglican or Free Church through worship, education and pastoral care to the prison community. To be an integral part of the Multi-faith Chaplaincy team.
Organise and conduct weekly corporate worship.
Facilitate faith specific and faith related teaching.
Recognise and celebrate religious festivals as defined by PSi 05/2016 and in accordance with your faith tradition.
Host occasional special events such as motivational speakers or visiting ministers
Provide pastoral care for prisoners of your religion including the meeting of new arrivals, prisoners approaching release, and the sick or bereaved.
Engage with those who wish to explore your religion or change to your religion.
Be available to attend any eventual call for a Chaplain of your faith in cases e.g. a death or serious illness of a prisoner or family member.
To be proactive in making suggestions and putting proposals forward to enhance the support of your religion to the prison.
Remain vigilant to security threats.
Carry out daily statutory responsibilities (visiting segregated prisoners, new arrivals, prisoners at risk of self-harm/suicide) in line with the agreed system
Attend Serco, HMPPS Chaplaincy specific training and faith specific training as required.
To develop local links with outside faith community – encouraging volunteers to add value and enthusiasm to initiatives.
Must have achieved the level of education and experience required by the faith group for recognition as an accredited leader.
Must be endorsed by relevant faith authority to hold this post.
A developing knowledge of UK Criminal justice policies, relevant Directors Rules and Prison Service Policy requirements, the HMPPS agenda including an overview of Reducing Reoffending.
The ability to communicate with staff at all levels, and a readiness to engage with prisoner families with a full appreciation of potential security risks.
Assisting the prison community in understanding the role and responsibility of the Church of England/Free Church in the context of prisons and prisoners.
Delivery of corporate worship that engages and reflects the diverse nature of the prison community.
Identifying needs and developing resources to best encourage and motivate prisoners away from negative behaviours and reoffending.
Chaplaincy working hours are managed across a full seven-day week – in order that a chaplain is present on every day of the year (A full-time chaplain normally works five days per week)
For more information and to apply the post, please visit here.
On occasion Serco receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.
For eligibility to become a Free Church Chaplain, please visit here.