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Vacancy Information

This role is within a unit where Surrey Police and Sussex Police work in collaboration, whilst continuing to be two separate legal entities/employers with different terms and conditions.

Both Surrey Police staff and Sussex Police staff are employed in this unit on their own force terms and conditions.

Successful candidates may be appointed on the terms and conditions of employment of either Surrey Police or Sussex Police, depending on organisational requirements. A discussion will be held with the successful candidate to confirm the details of location, salary, allowance and hours.

Division / Department - People Services
Status - Full Time
Contract Type - Permanent
Grade - Surrey Police Grade H / Sussex Police Grade 11
Salary Grade Range - See Advert

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range.

The Role

To support Surrey Police & Sussex Police in delivering its wellbeing strategy by providing personal, practical and spiritual care to its officers, staff and their families of all faiths and none through Chaplaincy provision, whilst proactively engaging in developing a wide range of effective networks across the region

The salary for this role will be up to £45,000

Key Responsibilities

Ensure provision of pastoral support to Surrey Police & Sussex Police officers, staff and their families of all faiths and none through the Chaplains, whilst enabling the establishment of best practice in welfare matters through development of effective and timely policy, procedure and reporting.

Develop a range of professional networks across Surrey Police and Sussex Police, both within the force and the wider community to support the integration of a holistic approach to staff and organisational wellbeing.

Develop and oversee a network of volunteer police chaplains of all faiths across Surrey & Sussex police.

Undertake wider agreed tasks that support the work of the department of corporate health and their own professional development ensuring compliance all the time with health and safety and other codes of practice

Provide the services of an experienced listener, helping clients to develop their own solutions to problems, complementing the welfare role of line management, the H3 Occupational Health and Wellbeing Services, including the Employee Assistance Helpline.

Deliver regular and effective chaplaincy services and co-ordinate religious services at local and Force level as appropriate.

Provide support to Chief Officers by facilitating debates or offering advice on ethical and moral issues affecting the Force, and by acting as a critical friend where appropriate.

Assist in the development and co-ordination of those policies that may potentially impact on the spiritual or temporal well-being of police officers and staff

Working across departments contribute to the implementation of procedures relating to their area of work

Be accountable about the quality of the chaplaincy services and report regularly to line manager and an appropriate faith leader on relevant matters.

Maintain personal responsibility for collection, recording, evaluation, information sharing, review, retention and disposal of information in compliance with codes of practice and Guidance in the Management of Information, information security policy, procedures and legislation.

Develop working relationships with faith leaders, senior staff/officers, staff associations and staff support groups to promote and enhance understanding of external pressures on the service – financial, societal and political, which impact on the working lives and expectations of police officers/staff and the communities which they serve.

Establish force links to ‘Police Chaplaincy UK’, supporting the identification of good practice, providing access to professional development opportunities and engaging in the national police chaplaincy network.

Coordinate volunteer chaplains to ensure that support is provided to meet operational requirements and in cases of major and critical incident response assistance is provided in a timely and effective way;

Develop a range of networks for Surrey Police & Sussex Police, both within the force and the wider community, to help integrate the complimentary work of the volunteer force chaplains and communities (including the network of street pastors and faith based activities to reduce violent alcohol-related crime and general anti-social behaviour).

Build and maintain a network of people from different faiths who can offer guidance on policies and procedures, operational policing, equality impact assessment and inclusion in matters relating to faith and/or spirituality

Actively support the Inclusion Team, providing training inputs to new recruits and as required by the organisation

Compile an annual report on the activities of the chaplains, neighbourhood chaplains and others working in the arena of pastoral and temporal care within the Force area.

Skills & Experience

Qualifications

Essential
Be authorised, and if appropriate, duly licensed by their own faith tradition to undertake this role

Desirable
A member of Police Chaplaincy UK or have attended an appropriate training course as recommended by Police chaplaincy UK

The post holder will:

Have a lively and robust intellect and be theologically qualified;

Understand the demands and stresses facing police officers and staff, the constraints they work under and the moral and ethical dilemmas they face, as well as the structure and culture of the service;

Communicate and present effectively at all levels, with particularly active listening skills;

Demonstrate ability to remain calm in stressful situations;

Have good consultation and negotiation skills;

be able to integrate effectively with colleagues and with representatives of other agencies and faiths in an increasingly secular and pluralist world.


Pastoral ability:
The post holder must be able to demonstrate:

A Positive attitude to change, adapting rapidly to changing circumstances and encouraging flexibility in others; the ability to identify and implement improvements to service delivery, engaging people in the change process and encouraging them to contribute ideas;

An innovative approach to solving problems and considers radical alternatives.

The post holder must demonstrate their ability to:
Inspire people to meet challenging goals, maintaining the momentum of change;

Give direction and state expectations clearly;

Talk positively about policing, creating enthusiasm and commitment;

Motivate their team by giving genuine praise, highlighting success and recognising good performance;

Provide honest and constructive feedback to help people understand their strengths and weaknesses;

Invest time in developing people by coaching and mentoring them, providing developmental opportunities and encouraging individuals to take on new responsibilities;

Build effective working relationships with people through clear communications and a collaborative approach;

Treat people with respect and dignity regardless of their background or circumstances, promoting equality and the elimination of discrimination;

Treat people as individuals, showing tact, empathy and compassion.

The post holder must:
Demonstrate a real belief in public service, focusing on what matters to the public and will best serve their interests;

Understand partners' perspectives and priorities, and work co-operatively with them to deliver the best possible overall service to the public.


Willingness to travel within Surrey & Sussex


Ability to be flexible to attend meetings at HQ, outside the county, at evenings and weekends


Leadership - Leading change
Positive about change, adapting rapidly to changing circumstances and encouraging flexibility in others;


Able to identify and implement improvements to service delivery, engaging people in the change process and encouraging them to contribute ideas;


Finds more cost-effective ways to do things, taking an innovative approach to solving problems and considers radical alternatives

Leadership - Leading people
Inspires people to meet challenging goals, maintaining the momentum of change;

Gives direction and states expectations clearly;

Talks positively about policing, creating enthusiasm and commitment;
Motivates staff by giving genuine praise, highlighting success and recognising good performance.

Gives honest and constructive feedback to help people understand their strengths and weaknesses;


Invests time in developing people by coaching and mentoring them, providing developmental opportunities and encouraging staff to take on new responsibilities

Further Information

For further information about the vacancy please contact Sacha Pawley on Sacha.Pawley@surrey.pnn.police.uk

We recognise that our people are balancing demanding careers with commitments and interests outside of work. We welcome applications and discussion with candidates who want to work full-time or part-time/flexible hours.

This vacancy will be based at Headquarters, Guildford. Please note that in 2024 Surrey Police Headquarters is due to move to Leatherhead.

Additional Information

Surrey Police and Sussex Police work together in collaboration for this role, however they remain two different employers, with differing pay scales, allowances and terms and conditions including hours of employment.

This post is being advertised in parallel with Force redeployment processes. Any redeployees who are identified will be given preference. This may result in the post being withdrawn at any point during the recruitment process.

If you are an internal candidate looking to apply for this role, it is really important that you inform and seek support from your line manager of your intention to submit an application for this role as this allows for sufficient resource planning. Failure to inform your line manager may result in a delay in a release dates being agreed.

If you are conditionally offered the role your attendance record and any reasonable adjustments already in place will be discussed with yourself and your current line manager. If you are successful in your application, you may be required to resign and transfer your employment, taking on the Terms & Conditions and pay scales of the Lead Force (if this is not your existing Home Force).

Surrey Police and Sussex Police Special Constables, Volunteers and Agency Staff (excluding self employed workers) covered under the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) are eligible to apply for internal advertised posts.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people. It's really important to us that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we believe that as an organisation we'll benefit from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service.

We have worked really hard to create a safe, open and inclusive culture. We have a range of staff networking groups to provide specific support and advice and we are proud to be members of Stonewall and Disability Confident, and to be aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities so, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.

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