The Reformed Tradition Prison Chaplain, as part of the chaplaincy team, is responsible for the provision of chaplaincy services to those in our care and staff at HMP&YOI Polmont. 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: http://www.sps.gov.uk/Corporate/Publications/Publication-4604.aspx
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.
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.
Ordained Minister or Office Bearer who is a recognised representative from a denomination or association of the Reformed Tradition of the Christian Church and is in good standing with, and suitably accredited by their Church. ESSENTIAL
Theological/Pastoral qualification from a recognised Theological College. DESIRABLE
Pastoral and Worship Experience Experience of pastoral care with individuals and groups, and leading worship in a faith setting. ESSENTIAL
Relationship Management Experience 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
Planning and Organising Experience of organising, planning, co-ordinating and managing a busy workload with minimal supervision to meet organisational requirements. ESSENTIAL
Knowledge Skills Requirements
Pastoral Challenges within the SPS Awareness and an understanding of the pastoral challenges within the SPS. ESSENTIAL
Problem Solving and Decision Making 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
Communication Skills 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. ESSENTIAL
Determination and Resilience 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