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RC Chaplain vacancy at HMP Whitemoor in Cambs

HMP Whitemoor near March in Cambs is looking to appoint a permanent RC Chaplain for the prison.

Salary Minimum: £26,438 – £29,760

Permanent post of 37 hours per week: can be Full Time, Part Time or Job Share

Overview of the job

This is a chaplaincy job in an establishment which provides pastoral and faith specific care to prisoners and staff.

The role would be suitable for a Roman Catholic Ordained Priest or Deacon, Religious Brother or Sister, or a Lay Person. For a Lay Chaplain the minimum qualification is the CCRS.

This role requires working regular unsocial hours and a 17% payment will be paid in addition to the basic pay to recognise this.


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

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

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

Act as faith advisor in the establishment providing advice, pastoral care and spiritual welfare to prisoners, staff and their families as requested

Facilitate and deliver opportunities for worship 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 and prayer / faith 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 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

Proactive in forging links with their local faith communities and other agencies.


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months’ probation.

Closing Date: 12th December 2018 at 23:55 hours

If you would like any more details, you can email Prisons Chaplain Fr Paul Douthwaite at: 

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm) or e mail Please quote the job reference – 22563

For more details and to apply click here

Picture of HMP Whitemoor by Penningtonuk – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0


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