Roman Catholic Chaplain - HMP Fosse Way

Leicester | Other

Roman Catholic Chaplain - HMP Fosse Way

Leicestershire, LE18 4TN

Salary - Pro-rata, up to £30,000

Permanent (Part-time upto 30 hours pw)


Here at Serco, we are looking for a Roman Catholic Chaplain to join the team at our new prison, HMP Fosse Way.

The Roman Catholic Chaplain is to work as part of the Multi-Faith team in ensuring that all prisoners are able to participate in worship and other activities in pursuance of their religious convictions and provides pastoral and faith specific care to prisoners and staff.


The successful candidate will engage with and build contacts with their own faith community towards aiding the resettlement of offenders, will provide for the religious care of prisoners and staff in the faith tradition including sacramental provision as appropriate and pastoral care for all as required, irrespective of faith or tradition.


Some of the other responsibilities of the Roman Catholic Chaplain are as follows:

  • Act as Faith/Belief adviser in the establishment providing advice, pastoral care and spiritual welfare to prisoners, staff and their families as requested.

  • Plan and lead worship/meditation/prayer and faith/belief specific meetings. Be part of the provision of available and accessible chaplaincy care at all times.

  • Facilitate and deliver opportunities for worship/meditation/study and religious programmes. Work collaboratively with other Chaplains and Managing Chaplain on the maintenance and provision of facilities for worship/meditation and prayer.

  • Contribute towards the development of local policy, procedures and practice.

  • Provide pastoral care to prisoners and help to provide support and bring resolution to crisis situations where required. Provide mentoring and personal support for other chaplains and volunteers including following incidents.

  • Nurture Chaplaincy volunteers in their contribution.

  • Facilitate services provided by contractors and volunteers.

  • Ensure your prison community is aware of relevant religious events and coordinate establishment support for these. Acquire and distribute appropriate faith/belief 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.

  • Provide appropriate support to the establishment in the absence of the Managing Chaplain 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.

  • Assist in Probation Approved Premises (APs), with offenders on release into the community, those serving community sentences or other HMPPS funded community initiatives by agreement.


What you will need to do the role

Roman Catholic Ordained Priest

  • Be an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Formal endorsement in the form of recognition from the appropriate Diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior and formal agreement to work in a specific diocese by the local Diocesan Bishop (Evidence required before appointment).


Ordained Deacon, Religious Brother/Sister/Lay Person

  • Be an ordained Permanent Deacon, a Religious Brother or Sister or a suitably qualified lay person of the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Formal endorsement in the form of recognition from the appropriate Diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior and formal agreement to work in a specific diocese by the local Diocesan Bishop (Evidence required before appointment).


All must have:

  • completed formally recognised theological formation; for a Priest or Deacon in a major seminary or equivalent as prescribed by The Code of Canon Law and for a religious or lay person a theological qualification that, as the minimum, equates to the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS);

  • formal agreement from the local diocesan bishop to minister in those prisons located within his Diocese; and

  • formal endorsement from the HMPPS Roman Catholic Faith and Belief Adviser confirming eligibility and suitability.


Why Serco 

  • Meaningful and vital work - We look after around 5,000 prisoners in our prisons and been in the business for 25 years, employ 2,000 colleagues in our 6 custodial contracts so you can guarantee you'll be delivering an essential service that touch people's lives. 

  • A world of opportunity - 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. 

  • Great people - 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:


  • Competitive salary and pension contribution

  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • A safe and supportive culture

  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion

  • Serco Benefits package

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.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, 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 and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. 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.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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31/07/2024 01:19:00
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