Anglican Chaplain

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Anglican Chaplain

HMP Thameside

7 days week

Full time, 40 Hours, 8:30am-5:00pm (Sunday- Thursday)

£32.907.94 per annum, plus £6200 (London Weighting)



HMP Thameside is a privately run prison estate located in Southeast London. The prison is a remand establishment operated by Serco Ltd.

We have an opening for an Anglican Chaplain to join our vibrant chaplaincy team on a full-time basis.

The purpose of this role is to establish and maintain HMP Thameside as a model of excellence for religious, spiritual and pastoral services for the prisoners within our care. The role focuses on offering emotional and spiritual support to both staff and prisoners to effectively meet their personal and social needs. A key aspect of the position is to provide positive interventions that meet the needs of the population.


The post holder will be required to carry out some of 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.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate services provided by contractors and volunteers.
  • Acquire and distribute appropriate religious literature, supplies and materials.
  • 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.
  • Attend relevant boards/meetings and actively contribute either as chair or team member.
  • 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


Any other duties as may reasonably be required.


What you need to do the job


This is an opportunity for an individual who has appropriate and proven experience within their own faith and have at least 3 years' experience at delivering the services and activities of that faith within a custodial environment. They must have a flexibly approach to working.

They should also be comfortable and conversant to working collaboratively in a multi-faith chaplaincy.


Chaplains are required to meet the faith/belief eligibility requirements for their chosen faith/belief as outlined within the Group Profile.


The successful candidate must have the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh.

Evidence required before appointment- Reader, Religious Brother/Sister, Church Army Evangelist required.

They must be a Reader (as set out in Canon E4 of The Canons of the Church of England or direct equivalent in other Anglican provinces).

Be a Religious sister or brother, Church Army Evangelist or other appropriately qualified or licensed minister in the Anglican tradition, subject to agreement from the Anglican Bishop to HM Prisons.

Have formal endorsement in the form of the licence of the Diocesan Bishop (Evidence required before appointment).


Additionally, they must all must have:


  • signed the Church of England documentation on mutual flourishing or Church in Wales equivalent;
  • demonstrable knowledge of Anglican theology and religious practice; and
  • formal endorsement from the HMPPS Anglican Faith Adviser confirming eligibility and suitability.
  • Diocesan DBS clearance and up to date safeguarding training.
  • Formal recognised qualification in theology or religious study - at least three years of Part Time study, normally to Diploma standard - requiring considerable life or professional experience and voluntary experience within the church over, a period of years
  • relevant practical experience in delivery of worship/meditation, group work and pastoral care - At least one or more years of relevant experience, post training in a Faith development or pastoral setting. Non-Ordained Anglican Chaplains are Faith leaders in their own communities. They have demonstrated consistently to a range of people (academic / pastoral / practical) that they have advanced communication, organisational and relational skills in order to have achieved this level of accreditation.




Why Serco


A place you can make an impact: The nature of our business means you will do interesting work that matters - delivering essential services that touch people's lives.

A place you can count on: Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You'll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.

A Place for you : We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed. You'll have the resources you need to do your job in a diverse and supportive environment. 


What we offer


  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme
  • Working in a tight knit, friendly team environment 
  • 25 days holiday plus, 8 bank holidays
  • Serco Benefits package
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • You will be employed by a company that is passionate about diversity and inclusion and provides safe and supportive culture.
  • Serco discounts including cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships. ​





About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.



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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.


We see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates. We're a proud holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard and we actively encourage applications from females, those with disabilities or from an ethnic minority background. 

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