- To accommodate inmates’ religious and spiritual rights through facilitation of services offered by Qualified Professional Official Representatives (QPOR) of Canadian faith communities and their volunteers
- To affirm and support the role of spirituality in inmate rehabilitation and reintegration, ensuring that inmates, regardless of faith background or beliefs, are offered equal opportunity to deal with issues of faith, purpose and meaning, and relationship with self and others
Applies to staff, contractors and volunteers responsible for chaplaincy services
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Religious and Spiritual Practices
Family Participation in Religious Celebrations
Death of an Inmate While in Custody
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ANNEX A - CROSS-REFERENCES AND DEFINITIONS
GL 253-2 - Critical Incident Stress Management
CD 530 - Death of an Inmate: Notifications and Funeral Arrangements
CD 700 - Correctional Interventions
CD 702 - Aboriginal Offenders
CD 705-6 - Correctional Planning and Criminal Profile
CD 710-1 - Progress Against the Correctional Plan
GL 750-1 – Inmate Religious Accommodations
Memorandum of Understanding Between the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy (IFC)
Palliative Care Guidelines
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, section 18
United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, section 42
United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for Non-Custodial Measures (the Tokyo Rules)
United Nations Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment
Annual Chaplaincy Service Delivery Plan : an analysis by operational units to determine Chaplaincy Service needs and capacity, including the related resource requirements, that communicates to administrators, staff and inmates the type of services to be provided at the institution, a general schedule of use for sacred space, and a clear plan for the upcoming period.
Chaplain: a Qualified Professional Official Representative (QPOR) of a religious or spiritual community who provides and/or facilitates religious/spiritual services and care in a secular or institutional context (i.e., health care, military, correctional, police, fire, etc.). In the CSC context, a Chaplain, while a QPOR of a specific tradition, is responsible to ensure the religious and spiritual needs of all inmates are met.
Chaplaincy Services: activities provided and facilitated by Chaplains in response to the religious and spiritual needs of inmates regardless of their beliefs. Chaplaincy Services are delivered and/or facilitated exclusively by those designated as QPORs. These services are supported by Canadian faith communities and grounded in the principles of restorative justice and successful community reintegration.
Crises: include but are not limited to suicide or attempted suicide, grief due to death or loss, relationship difficulties and/or endings, assault or other harm, witness to trauma and parole denial.
Operational support: includes but is not limited to input into the development and implementation of the Annual Chaplaincy Service Delivery Plan and activities required to ensure integration of Chaplaincy Service delivery within the institutional environment as described in both the Guidelines and the statement of work for Chaplains.
Qualified Professional Official Representatives (QPOR): individuals who are formally recognized and approved by their religious or spiritual community to perform services (rites, rituals, education, etc.) on behalf of that community.
Religious and spiritual practice: includes but is not limited to religious rites and spiritual rituals as prescribed by a recognized faith group. Normally, inmates practice to the same level as what is available and normal in the community.
Sacred space: a functional, hospitable and adaptable space, within the institution or on the institutional grounds, that is dedicated to the purpose of worship, celebration, meditation, prayer, reflection, study and other communal and individual spiritual observances for inmates of all and/or no religious or spiritual affiliation. Please note that this definition does not include Aboriginal Program Space and Aboriginal Sacred Grounds.
For more information
- Government-wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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