Chaplain (Reformed Tradition)
The Prison Chaplain, as part of the chaplaincy team, is responsible for the provision of chaplaincy services to all persons in custody at HMP Edinburgh. 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 SPS Strategy Framework on Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Religion and Belief, is the foundational document for the delivery of chaplaincy across the estate and the practice of prison chaplains should reflect this. This may be found at:
bereaved and for those in segregation units. Chaplains should respond to all requests as soon as practical. Chaplains should also be available to staff.
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, Office-bearer or Post-holder, who is a recognised representative from a denomination or association of the Reformed Tradition of the Christian Church in good standing with, and suitably accredited by, their Church.
Theological/Pastoral qualification at a recognised Theological College or equivalent.
Appropriate knowledge and experience in pastoral care and religious practice in a church setting or equivalent.
Awareness of pastoral challenges within a prison setting.
Previous experience of work within a prison environment or similar.
Basic knowledge of different faith systems and beliefs.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to relate well to people of different social backgrounds and life experiences.
Ability to work as part of an ecumenical and multi-faith Chaplaincy team, with persons of differing Faiths and beliefs, and as part of other multi-disciplinary teams in the prison and community.
Flexible and positive approach to the role with the ability to organise, co-ordinate, and manage a busy workload with minimal supervision.
This opportunity is closed to applications.