Association of Visiting Committees for Scottish Penal Establishments


The Association of Visiting Committees was formed in 1988 to promote the effective operation of Visiting Committees.† Visiting Committees are statutory bodies of volunteers appointed to monitor conditions in prisons.† Their members are expected to understand the requirements of prison management and the difficulties of prisoners, and to exercise their judgements without fear or partiality as completely independent arbiters of the prison system.

The key objectives of the Association are:

  • to provide a forum for committees to discuss and exchange information
  • to recommend standard practices by which committees should operate
  • to discuss penal affairs and make recommendations to relevant parties
  • to run training programmes for members
  • to produce training literature for members
  • to clarify prison rules for members
  • to set standards for membersí attendances and visit to establishments
  • to publicise the role of Visiting Committees for the benefit of the public

Membership of the Association is open to all Visiting Committees and Legalised Police Cells. Full meetings of Association members are held quarterly throughout the year in March, June, September and December.

For further information on the activities of the Association contact the Secretary

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