The task for a Parole Board Member, first and foremost, is to protect the public. The impact of their decisions may be far-reaching and serious. The role carries with it a high level of responsibility and decisions are often difficult, however with that responsibility comes the reward of a fascinating and fulfilling role and visible evidence of contributing towards a Safer Scotland.
Members generally devote 8 to 10 days per month to the role and are paid a daily fee for doing so. Appointments are for up to 7 years.
The Parole Board for Scotland is committed to being an inclusive, open and diverse employer which reflects the community it serves. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and are appointed by Scottish Ministers through a rigorous selection process to ensure transparency, objectively and fairness. PBS members come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds which includes psychologists, social workers and professionals from mental health services and the criminal justice system.
PBS is committed to continuous personal development and training its members to recognise and understand equality issues to ensure that there is no discrimination when considering offenders for parole. Once appointed, PBS members receive extensive training and development to ensure they are appropriately equipped with the skills and knowledge to undertake their role effectively.
Following the initial, comprehensive training, there is continued focus on continuous development of members which is achieved through the delivery of training sessions and events throughout the year. Training covers all aspects of PBS functions including equality and diversity to ensure offenders are treated equally regardless of age, disability, race, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sex or sexual orientation.
Currently, the Scottish Government is not looking to appoint Parole Board Members. Future Board appointments will be advertised on the Scottish Government's Appointed for Scotland website. The website also provides details of other current public appointment positions.