Roman Catholic Chaplain
HM Prison & YOI Parc, Bridgend
Salary : £31,000 - £32,000 per annum
Hours – Full Time, 40 hours per week
Due to the-retirement of our current Roman Catholic Chaplain we are looking for a suitable person(s), ordained or lay, to work as the Roman Catholic Chaplain within out multi-faith Chaplaincy team.
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. Due to the retirement of a long time member of the team, we have an opportunity for Chaplain to join us 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.
The Chaplaincy team at HMP Parc is one of the largest in the country and we are committed to continually improve and enhance the care we provide to prisoners and staff alike. We are looking for Chaplains to join the Team who will bring new ideas and understandings; who will challenge our current working practises, who are not afraid to offer solutions and different ways of working; and who will work together with the team to drive forward and meet the challenges of working in a complex and busy prison environment.
The Chaplain will provide for the religious care of prisoners and staff in their own tradition, and appropriate pastoral care for all, irrespective of faith or tradition.
The Chaplain will work with colleagues to ensure that the delivery of the specification “Faith and Pastoral Care” and also the broader work of chaplaincy in delivering faith and non-faith based courses.
The Chaplain will engage with, and build contacts with their own faith community towards aiding the resettlement of offenders.
This is a non-operational role with no line management or supervisory responsibilities.
•Act as a faith advisor in the establishment providing advice, pastoral care and spiritual welfare to prisoners, staff and their families as requested
•Be part of the provision of an available and accessible chaplaincy care at all times
•Pastoral care of all 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, actively supporting the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) process, irrespective of faith / belief
•Facilitate and deliver opportunities for worship, study and teaching in accordance with your faith tradition
•Plan and lead worship and prayer / faith specific meetings
•Group instruction and provision of offending behaviour programmes using a variety of media e.g. music, information technology etc
•Acquire and distribute appropriate religious literature, supplies and materials
•Creation of opportunities for faith sharing (not proselytising) and organising special events.
•Facilitate services provided by contractors and volunteers
•Facilitate worship/meditation for faith groups in the absence of a Faith Specific Chaplain – this does not involve taking part or being present for such worship/meditation
•Work collaboratively with other Chaplains and the 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 of these
•Nurturing Chaplaincy volunteers in their contribution
•Provide mentoring and personal support for other chaplains and volunteers including following incidents
•Be proactive in forging links with their local faith communities and other agencies, as relevant, and consider ways in which their local faith communities and other agencies, may become involved in mentoring prisoners on release
•Facilitating visits by local Faith Representatives to see prisoners of their own faith
•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
•Attendance of training events and conferences as arranged by the prison
•Contributing to Employee Induction on the work of the Chaplaincy at the establishment
•Provide appropriate support to the establishment in the absence of the Managing Chaplain.
•Take responsibility for your own spiritual health and development, allowing time for private prayer, study and retreat.
•Carrying out ‘On Call’ duties
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Chaplain is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary.
The Ideal Candidate:
A Roman Catholic Priest, Permanent Deacon, Religious brother or Sister or a suitably qualified lay person (minimum CCRS). Priests, Deacons and Religious require formal permission to apply and, if offered, to accept the role from their competent superior (Diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior). A Priest or Deacon, whose competent superior is not the Diocesan Bishop, and a Religious Brother or Sister or suitably qualified lay person will also require formal endorsement to work in the specific Diocese from the local Diocesan Bishop.
• Must be IT literate - Emails, Microsoft Word and Excel
At G4S, the philosophy of our prisons is to rehabilitate offenders and equip them to re-integrate into mainstream society on release. Our aim is to create an environment in which staff and prisoners feel safe and causes of prison stress are minimised. Central to our philosophy is the relationship between staff and prisoners. Our training and operational practices emphasise the need to treat prisoners with dignity and respect and G4S staff build positive and supportive relationships with the prisoners in their care. We are seeking to recruit a caring, pro-active and confident professional to help make a real difference to their lives.
If you join us, you will find a secure, friendly and professional working environment and be given all the support, training and encouragement you need to build and develop a successful career with us. Our benefits are as you would expect from a large organisation and include a company pension, comprehensive training, career development, generous holiday entitlement, uniform and access to our on-site gym.
Please note that these vacancies are subject to a 10 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Secretary of State for the Home Office and are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.
You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 5 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 10 years as part of the security screening process for this role.
HMP & YOI Parc is committed to a clean air policy for the wellbeing of its staff, and to protect them from the risks of passive smoking. Our prison is a smoke-free environment, and smoking is not permitted in any area of the establishment. The conveyance of smoking paraphernalia (including tobacco, cigarettes and e-cigarettes) through the Keylock and into the prison will be considered a disciplinary offence under the company’s Disciplinary Policy.