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📄 Currently Recruiting - Prison Chaplains - 🙏🏼 Prison Chaplains (Ipswich, Wacol)


The purpose of the role is to provide Christian pastoral care to adult incarcerated people within Queensland correctional centres.

Trained volunteer chaplains serve on a weekly roster system as part of an ecumenical team to provide non-denominational pastoral care to the 16 correctional centres around Queensland from Palen Creek in the south to Lotus Glen in the far north. Pastoral care in correctional centres is independent support that is non-judgemental, non-threatening, accepting, other centred and confidential.  This pastoral care is for all inmates, including all cultural and ethnic groups in any age group or gender. It facilitates support in a manner consistent with a person’s own faith/spiritual journey without seeking to proselytise. We offer hope through our chaplaincy service and have a positive impact on the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of people in custody.

 

Our chaplains provide Sunday faith-based services on a 6-weekly rotational basis, shared with the 5 other service providers.  Chaplains can provide pre-approved faith articles to prisoners such as bibles, devotional material and other theological books, as well as access to correspondence bible studies.  Chaplains can refer inmates to counselling and other re-entry services.  Additionally, chaplains may be called on to assist with critical incidents and deaths in custody, including the facilitation of funerals.

 

The chaplaincy role is based in the Correctional Centre. Most centres require travel as they are usually out of city areas.  The centres can be quite large and require a general level of health to manage the walking required to access units

 

This role has an element of risk and requires intentionality to maintain professional boundaries and ability by centre rules.  Full training is provided in the form of a 1 day custodial awareness session and a centre induction before you commence your chaplaincy training.

 

Chaplains are required to follow the directions of Queensland Corrective Services personnel at all times when in the centre. Chaplains are accountable to the Chaplaincy Team Coordinator and the service provider (UnitingCare Queensland).  

 

Locations:

Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre | 3068 Ipswich Road, Wacol, QLD 4076 
A high security Remand Centre for males, primarily accommodating individuals who a Judge or Magistrate has ordered must be held in custody as they await, and during, trial.   The centre is relatively modern with TVs, showers and toilets in all rooms and shared dining facilities.

Wolston Correctional Centre | Grindle Road, Wacol QLD 4076
Wolston Correctional Centre, adjacent to Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre at Wacol, is a high security placement centre.

Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre | Griddle Road, Wacol QLD, 4076
The only reception, assessment and placement centre for female prisoners in southern Queensland. The centre has a structured daily program consisting of industry, education and vocational training programs that provide opportunities to address offending behaviour, and a range of activities designed to enhance personal development.

Brisbane Correctional Centre | Station Road, Wacol, QLD 4076
The primary reception centre for male prisoners before being transferred to suitable correctional centres elsewhere in Queensland. Brisbane Correctional Centre is a maximum security unit.

6 different service providers are represented at each correctional centre. Your team size will vary depending on the size of the centre.  You may have a number of other chaplains serving a centre on the same day.

 

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Tasks involved include:

▪ Work in an ecumenical team environment

▪ Attend a correctional centre 1 day a week to provide pastoral care

▪ Distribute religious material to inmates

▪ Pray with inmates when requested

▪ Refer inmates to post-release service providers

▪ Facilitate Sunday faith-based services at a correctional centre on a 6 week rotational basis

▪ Assist with incidents or deaths in custody

▪ Attend monthly chaplaincy team meetings

▪ Attend monthly online training with UCQ

▪ Attend 3 days of annual in-service training in Brisbane

 

This is a great opportunity to:

▪ Do something new and different

▪ Experience the joy of making a meaningful difference

▪ Enjoy social interaction with others 

 

Times: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm weekdays

Time Commitment: Get started from as little as 5-10 hours a week

 

Requirements:

▪ Knowledge and Understanding of Pastoral Care

▪ Prior experience in the area of Pastoral Care or willingness to obtain

▪ Some training in the area of pastoral care 

▪ Mature faith in Jesus Christ and regular attender of a Christian church 

▪ Excellent listening skills 

▪ Strong empathy for others

▪ Accepting and respectful towards people of all backgrounds including those of different cultures, religion, language, age, morality, gender and sexual orientation.

▪ Ability to maintain confidentiality

▪ Strong Professional boundaries and high standards of ethics

▪ Willingness to work within the guidelines of the State Chaplaincy Board and regulations of Queensland Corrective Services

▪ Intentional with Self-care practices

 

▪️ Reference Checks

▪ Working with children

▪ NDIS Workers Screening check

▪ National Police check

▪ Queensland Corrective Services - Application to Visit 

 

UnitingCare values diversity in our organisation and we have some principles in place that will help to promote both inclusion and access.  If you have any other accessibility requirements, please discuss these at the time of the interview.

 

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