Annual meeting


We meet each year in different parts of the country. We share ideas and support each other in our work.
The 9th Meeting of the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network  was at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The theme was evidence based practice in healthcare chaplaincy.

To view the powerpoint from the day, click here.

Paediatric Chaplaincy Module 


This accredited module is based around the recently researched distinctives of paediatric chaplaincy.  It is designed to give chaplains and chaplaincy volunteers (in hospitals, hospices and community) the knowledge, skills, values and understanding they need in paediatric chaplaincy. This will include religious, spiritual and pastoral care in a multicultural / belief health, hospice / palliative and bereavement contexts with patients, their families and staff. Students will understand the distinctiveness and engage with the emerging standards and competencies of paediatric chaplaincy.   You will analyse your own theological or value base and also evaluate a range of models and consider their relevance in various contexts. Teaching days will be at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

This 15 university credit module consists of 4 days learning and the completion of an assignment at level 4 (first year undergraduate) or level 7 (postgraduate). It will be taught by Chaplains who are experienced in paediatric chaplaincy in a range of contexts.  Participants will be given access to the Centre of Paediatric Spiritual Care library.

Key content and learning outcomes:

  • A range of models, skills, resources and good practice in supporting and caring for children, their families and staff in health, palliative and bereavement multi faith and belief contexts
  • Distinctives of paediatric chaplaincy
  • New taxonomy for paediatric chaplaincy
  • Assessment and intervention models.
  • Application of competencies and standards
  • How chaplaincy can add value to its organisation or context
  • Developing a pedagogy and theodicy for our work, including self-care
  • Analysing research, resources and evidence based examples of good practice
  • Pre and post course self-assessment

Dates and venue:

Teaching days will be at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Education Centre which is within walking distance of city centre train stations.  Teaching will take place in 2017 on:

Monday 20 February, Thursday 23 March, Thursday 18 May and Wednesday 14 June

Assignment deadline: 21st August 2017

3,000 words. There is an option of doing the modules without the assessment

Criteria for participation

Applicants must be doing at least 2 hours face to face per week with sick or bereaved children, young people or families, for instance in hospital, hospice, community care, schools etc. You must be able to show a current DBS / CRB.

Cost: £300 (£250 without the assessment).

This includes teaching materials, sample resources and refreshments. 3 main texts will be included as a part of the resources, Spiritual care with sick children and young people, multi faith care for sick and dying children (both JKP) and Working with children and young people: Good Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Chaplains Red Balloon Resources, 2013.

Further information: Rev Paul Nash, 0121-333-8526,

Application forms from: Gill