Senior Chaplain: Managing Chaplain – HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes



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

Will manage all the staff within the Chaplaincy team. Structured learning and experienced pastoral care is required to deliver this to prisoners and staff. The job holder will need to keep abreast of changes within own work area and comply with HMPPS policy.

Will have regular pre-planned prisoner facing activities/duties. Will also manage ad hoc requests from prisoners if and when deemed appropriate.

This is a non-operational job with line management responsibilities.


Typical tasks associated with this Group Profile include:

  • Accountable for the performance of the Chaplaincy team and the staff within it.
  • Manage the achievement of qualitative and quantitative standards including Service Delivery Indicators (SDI’s) within the function, veifying and signing off documentation as appropriate. Analyse and act upon data which is relevant to Chaplaincy
  • Ensure that all staff within the Chaplaincy team contribute to providing decent conditions for prisoners and a safe working environment for staff
  • Promote prison service policy in all activities and behaviours e.g. promote diversity, decency, safety and reducing re-offending agendas
  • Will have the skills to apply all Human Resources (HR) related policies and practices and be able to carry out all aspects of people management such as attendance management, disciplinary investigations, performance management and staff appraisals

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Essential Skills/Qualifications/Accreditation/Registration

The job holder must meet the HMPPS specified faith eligibility requirements of their faith tradition. Details of some of the HMPPS faith eligibility requirements can be found here.

Will have proven experience and skills in pastoral care and pastoral leadership, including crisis events.

Must be suitably qualified and have a formal recognised qualification in theology or religious study and be experienced such that the job holder will have received formal endorsements (where relevant) from the faith community to which they belong.

Must have working knowledge of other faiths represented within a prison to enable them to work in a multi faith environment.

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