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Chaplain (Reformed Tradition)

HMP Edinburgh
£33,437 to £42,099
Closing date
06/07/2018, 23:55
Normal Office Hours
Full-Time - 37 Hours

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:

Be responsible with colleagues from the same tradition for the conduct of worship in the establishment at all times and places agreed including arrangements for or the administration of the sacraments as appropriate.
Work together with colleagues in the multi-faith Chaplaincy Team and with other disciplines in the prison to support the SPS vision: ‘Unlocking Potential – Transforming Lives’.
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.
Facilitate the practice of all recognised Religions and Beliefs as required within the establishment.
Be available to provide holistic spiritual and pastoral care to all; with a priority for the vulnerable, for new admissions, for those on 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.
Liaise with Churches and Faith Communities concerning throughcare support as appropriate.
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, 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.



Experience Requirements

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.



Knowledge Skills Requirements

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.