Our priority at this time is to ensure the Health and Welfare of our members and staff and all others involved in the parole system, whilst delivering our statutory responsibilities. We will continue to update this website and also post updates on Twitter @ParoleBoardScot
How we will conduct our business
We will continue to hold casework meetings, Tribunals and Oral Hearings. These will be conducted remotely by teleconference and/or Skype. Guidance has been developed for members, and witnesses and solicitors who will be taking part by teleconference. Our current state of play can be accessed here.
In accordance with the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, the cases of extended sentence prisoners recalled in the extension part will now be referred to the Board by Scottish ministers under Part III of the Parole Board Rules (previously Part IV). This means that they will initially be considered at casework meetings rather than Tribunals. This applies to all cases referred from 7 April 2020.
All of our staff are now working from home. If you need to contact the Board you should email us. Social Work Departments and staff from the Scottish Prison Service should use the email contacts that you currently use. For all other enquiries please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you are unable to email us please call on 0131 244 8373 and leave a message and a number we can get back to you on. We will do that as soon as possible but please bear with us during this period of uncertainty.
Guidance for victims
Our commitment to involving victims in the parole process remains unchanged. Guidance here sets out the impact on victims involvement in the parole process and how to contact us if you have any questions.
Guidance for social workers
We are very conscious of the demands on social work at the moment and in consultation with Social Work Scotland have streamlined some of our processes to reduce the burden. Details can be found in a letter issued to the social work profession jointly by the Board and Social Work Scotland which can be found here.
We are continuing to keep a close eye on government advice and are actively looking at all options to reduce risk whilst continuing to deliver on our statutory responsibilities.
Thank you for visiting the Parole Board for Scotland’s website. The aim of our site is to provide information and guidance and raise the profile of the Board and the work that it undertakes. The content of the site will be continually developed and we are aiming to produce some new material which will be available on this website. So, please keep returning on a regular basis to keep updated on the Board’s work.
I hope you enjoy and find the website useful.