Chaplain helpers may:
- Directly assist with or stand in place of a Chaplain and his or her chaplaincy role, including pastoral and spiritual matters, when delegated to do so by the Community chaplain and under their supervision.
- Assist or join with social action support or initiatives in a public context. For example, the Chaplain may need to gather a number of supporting volunteers to carry out a social action event or project in a community.
In the case of 1 above a Chaplain helper will need to be referenced trained, inducted and supported in similar fashion to the Chaplain but this will fall within the remit and accreditation of the Chaplain and their church.
In the case of 2 above the suitability of the volunteer falls within the discretion of the Chaplain and their local church support, and does not necessarily need to be a church member or a Christian.