We are currently seeking new “sessional” Pagan Chaplains in areas such as South London, Reading, Kent, Lincoln, and Weymouth, but would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer their services. Sessional chaplains are paid for the work they do but do not hold positions of permanent employment.
The Ministry of Justice looks to the Pagan Federation to endorse all potential candidates, so consideration will be given to those who are willing to uphold the Pagan Federation ethos. You will be an ambassador for both the Pagan Federation Prison Ministry and the Pagan community, and as such we expect chaplains to be positive role models.
Pagans in prison have the right to representation by someone of their own faith, but may identify with numerous traditions, therefore a non-judgemental holistic approach is required to support all in our care, none being excluded.
Permanent posts are still being created within the Prison Service, and adverts are being sent out via the MoJ website as part of a process of fair and open competition, and anyone endorsed by the PFPM can apply for Pagan posts. Civil service competencies and criteria must then be met to be successful and invited for interview, and offers of employment then will be subject to DBS enhanced and other security clearances being obtained.
2018 saw the first Pagan Chaplains being given permanent contracts, which enable them to receive a salary, pension, holiday and sick pay. This is and has been an arduous process, one which “sessional” Pagan Chaplains already in post will continue to face for the next few years. It has taken three long and difficult years already to reach this stage, but the rewards are worth it, both for us and those who will come after. Our positions now give us access to a more even playing field, opening doors and opportunities which were closed to Pagans before.
The Pagan Federation Prison Ministry work closely together as a team, supporting each other and sharing our expertise, going from strength to strength in these demanding roles.
If you are interested, you can contact me using the form opposite.
Pagan Federation Prison Ministry Manager
Faith Advisor to HMPPS
Prison Ministry Manager