Association of Visiting Committees for Scottish Penal Establishments

Become a VC Member

Membership of a Visiting Committee is undertaken on a voluntary basis.  No remuneration is payable, however, travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed and, in some cases, loss of earnings and childcare costs can be claimed.

Most Visiting Committees are appointed by local authorities for a period of four years. Visiting Committees for the young offenders’ institutions at HMP Polmont and HMP Cornton Vale are appointed for periods of three years by the Minister for Justice.

If you are interested in becoming a member of a Visiting Committee you should, in the first instance, contact the Secretary of the Association of Visiting Committees, E-mail:  avc.secretary@btinternet.com.  If you are particularly interested in becoming a member of a Visiting Committee for a young offenders’ institution, you should contact the Scottish Government Justice Department, St Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG (Tel:   0131 556 8400   E-mail:  scottish.ministers@scotland.gov.uk)

Applicants may be interviewed and offered the opportunity to visit a prison to gain some insight on prison life and an understanding of what the Visiting Committee role involves.  They are expected to demonstrate a real interest and commitment to the work of the Committee.  For reasons of security, successful applicants will only be able to take up membership once they have obtained a Disclosure Scotland certificate.

Current Vacancies

There are no vacancies at this moment


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