HMP Bristol chaplain

Posted 11 days agoExpires in 6 days
HMP Bristol, Bristol, BS7 8PS
£30938 - £32424

Job holders will provide faith/belief and pastoral care to prisoners and staff in their own faith/belief tradition and have an understanding/knowledge of other faith/beliefs. Job holders will also be required to meet the pastoral needs of people of other faiths/beliefs and none.


The job holder will provide for the religious/care of prisoners and staff in the faith/belief tradition and appropriate pastoral care for all irrespective of faith or tradition.

The job holder will work with colleagues to ensure the delivery of PSI 05/2016 Faith and Pastoral Care for Prisoners or its successor policy framework document 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 headquarters are assured that these policies are being delivered.

The job holder will engage with and build contacts with their own faith/belief community towards aiding the resettlement of offenders.

This is a non-operational job with no line management or supervisory responsibilities.


Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Act as Faith/Belief adviser in the establishment providing advice, pastoral care and spiritual welfare to prisoners, staff and their families as requested.
  • Facilitate and deliver opportunities for worship/meditation/meditation, 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/meditation/meditation, prayer and faith/belief 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/meditation/meditation 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 part of the organisation and delivery of Faith Awareness Training for staff.
  • 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.
  • Be proactive in forging links with their local faith/belief 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.
  • Undertake wider faith/belief community Ministerial Reviews, where appropriate.
  • Assist in probation approved premise (AP) or other HMPPS funded community initiatives by agreement.

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.

  • Chaplains are required to meet the faith/belief eligibility requirements for their chosen faith/belief as outlined within the Group Profile
  • Have relevant practical experience in delivery of worship/meditation
  • Regularly reflecting upon activities and experiences of people from a very wide range of backgrounds. Could include reflecting and acting upon the challenges of multi-faith working, or to attend to the funerary needs of a member of staff, or to understand the impact that a mental health practitioner’s decisions may have upon the perceived spiritual well-being of a prisoner. All of these activities require in depth understanding of both their own theological; e.g. professional as well as spiritual) standing, and interactive elements in working with others
  • Must have a good working knowledge of IT
  • Should have a working knowledge of other faiths/beliefs represented within a prison to enable them to work in a multi faith environment
  • Have organisational skills acquired through experience or structured training
  • Have excellent communication skills and should be able to design and deliver courses, sermons, presentations and write structured reports

HMP Bristol is a Category B men's prison, located in the Horfield area of Bristol. The prison is operated by His Majesty's Prison Service