Church of Scotland Minister - HMP Perth

HMP Perth
Closing date
18/02/2020, 23:55
All Hours required
Full-Time - 37 Hours

The Reformed Tradition Prison Chaplain, as part of the chaplaincy team, is responsible for the provision of chaplaincy services to all persons in custody at HMP Perth. This involves conducting worship and providing pastoral care within the establishment, including individual and group work concerning prayer, the study of holy books, and discussions of matters spiritual and ethical. Duties will be carried out in co-operation with members of the ecumenical and multi-faith chaplaincy team.


The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) Strategy Framework on Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Religion and Belief, is the foundational document for the delivery of chaplaincy across the SPS and the practice of prison chaplains should reflect this. This may be found at:

Responsible for the conduct of worship in relevant tradition as agreed
within the establishment, including arrangements for the administration of the
sacraments as appropriate.
Facilitate the practice of all recognised religions and beliefs as
required within the establishment.
Make arrangements as required for religious instruction for the
Chaplain’s own and other religious denominations. This will include individual
and group work concerning prayer, study of holy books and discussion of matters
spiritual and ethical, including classes for religious confirmation of belief.
Provision of holistic spiritual and pastoral care to all; with a
priority for the vulnerable, for new admissions, for those on SPS prevention of
suicide strategy (Talk to Me), the bereaved and for those in segregation units.
Chaplains should respond to all requests as soon as practical. Chaplains should
also be available to staff.
Work together with colleagues as part of the multi-faith Chaplaincy Team
and with other disciplines in the organisation to support the SPS vision:
‘Unlocking Potential – Transforming Lives’.
Liaise closely with staff, multi-disciplinary teams within the
establishment and external faith communities to provide effective through care.
Person Specification

SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Behavioural Competency Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are twelve, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them , you will be assessed on these identified as key to role.

Qualifications Requirements
Ordained Minister of the Church of Scotland and in good standing. ESSENTIAL
Theological/Pastoral qualification from a recognised Theological College. ESSENTIAL
Experience Requirements
Experience of pastoral care with individuals and groups, and leading
worship in a faith setting. ESSENTIAL
Experience of building and maintaining effective relationships with a
wide range of internal and external stakeholders and teams, demonstrating your
ability to lead by example and positively influence others with integrity and
impartiality. ESSENTIAL
Experience of organising, planning, co-ordinating and managing a busy
workload with minimal supervision to meet organisational requirements
Knowledge Skills Requirements
Awareness and an understanding of the pastoral challenges within the
Excellent decision-making skills with evidence of the ability to
exercise a high level of initiative, judgement and discretion in deciding
appropriate actions to be undertaken. ESSENTIAL
Excellent written and oral communication skills, with evidence of the
ability to exercise effective listening abilities and adapt your style to suit
the needs of the audience.
Evidence of an ability to manage challenging situations and quickly
recover from setbacks by adapting the approach to manage and overcome obstacles
and resistance, build resilience and encourage determination in others. ESSENTIAL
Vacancy Information Booklets:

This opportunity is closed to applications.