New book on paediatric chaplaincy 

For some of us, what we never even dreamed of happen has been offered to us, a book on Paediatric chaplaincy.

We would like to invite you to contribute one or more practice examples to a book with the working title of Paediatric Chaplaincy:  Principles, Practices and Skills to be published by publisher Jessica Kingsley in 2018. The editors are Rev Paul Nash of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network of UK and Ireland, Rev Mark Bartel of Orlando Health and the US Pediatric Chaplains Network, and Dr Sally Nash Research lead of the Centre for Paediatric Spiritual Care and Midlands Institute for Children Youth and Mission.


The book offers an overview of paediatric chaplaincy and will be written by an international authorship from places where paediatric chaplaincy is an established or growing discipline.  Each chapter will be written by various authors and we are looking to supplement their work with wider examples of practice. We are keen that these examples are from a range of countries, contexts, medical conditions, age, gender, cultures etc of patients and from chaplains across traditions and institutions.  We hope to capture good practice from around the World, so please feel free to forward this to any contacts you have.


We are looking for examples of

  1. Good practice / inspirational stories
  2. Insights and lessons
  3. Connecting theory / principles / theology and practice
  4. Unique role of a paediatric chaplain / contributing in a multi-disciplinary team

The chapter headings of the book we are looking for examples in are:

  • Using child development theory
  • Models of chaplaincy
  • Spiritual, religious, pastoral care
  • Child Spirituality and faith development
  • Recording, measurement, assessment and interventions
  • Approaches and skills for working with children and young people that we can learn from other disciplines
  • Working with families
  • Staff care and self care
  • Chaplain to the institution
  • Managing and developing chaplaincy provision
  • Ethics committees and ethical dilemmas
  • Working with patients who cannot speak
  • Working in mental health
  • Working with trauma and abuse
  • Major incidents and code reds
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Bereavement care
  • Space and environment
  • Research
  • Theodicy

Practice examples should each be between 150-300 words long.   Please send your contribution for consideration for the book to by 31st May 2016 and include your name, role and institution.  All contributions will be acknowledged in the text, unless you wish it to be anonymised. If you would like to discuss your idea before writing please do not hesitate to contact us.


Paul, Mark, Sally

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