What should this award look like?
The UWTSD University Certificate in Chaplaincy (Policing) provides this accredited CPD route, worth 40 transferable UK credits; it recognises the importance and complexity of the role and further professionalises it. This award provides the opportunity for Chaplains to demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of their role, including the boundaries of professional practice and apply this knowledge to evaluate problems, situations and ethical dilemmas they are faced with in supporting colleagues.
This initial award integrates the existing Induction course currently being undertaken across various forces into a systematic catalyst for further study and reflection. This continuing professional development in addition to initial training is of essential importance for faith leaders in all religious traditions, as for managers and leaders in all other walks of life as well. It helps them to reflect on their own practice and changing circumstances, to respond to new realities and challenges in wider society, and to give guidance, advice and support to others. This review of training for Police Chaplaincy is in response to a developing modern Police service and provides a firm foundation for Chaplaincy across all Police Forces.
It provides for a strong and comprehensive induction module which fully prepares all applicants for their role by a rigorous development activity which provides a framework for the role of a Chaplain and allows each member to reflect and build upon their existing knowledge and experience. This Induction course will be an essential requirement for all Chaplains and will provide a sound foundation for future practice.
Further and continuing professional development
On successful completion of the UWTSD University Certificate in Chaplaincy (Policing) there is an opportunity for Chaplains to ‘top-up’ this award by studying a further 20 credit module to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy. Subsequently, the credits achieved can be used to top-up to a Postgraduate Diploma or an MA in Chaplaincy.
This professionally and academically accredited suite of awards recognises that some Chaplains will wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and practice of Chaplaincy. Therefore, this approach to training, taking Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) into account, will allow each individual the option of progressing through a Post Graduate Certificate up to an MA by Dissertation.
This document will be produced in Welsh, but due to COVID restrictions this is not possible at present.