PAT160014 Parole Board - Specialist Member with terrorist risk experience

Body: The Parole Board for England & Wales
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: This role is open to those who live in all regions of England and Wales.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 20
Remuneration: The work is fee paid. Remuneration is subject to deduction of tax and National Insurance contributions at source. Fee-paid members have no pension rights. Casework fees range between £345 and £375 per day, depending on the role.
Time Requirements: Minimum of 35 days per annum

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    18/05/2021 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The key task of all members of the Parole Board is to make rigorous, fair and timely risk assessments about individual cases which have the primary aim of protecting the public and which contribute to the rehabilitation of offenders where appropriate.

As a Terrorist Risk Specialist Member of the Parole Board for England & Wales you will:

  • Analyse and critically evaluate information to identify continuing risks in parole cases referred by the Secretary of State, where information may come from a variety of sources including electronic dossiers and evidence given at oral hearings.


  • Apply terrorist risk knowledge, skills of assessment and management of risk/dangerousness in offender populations and professional judgement to parole cases to decide whether a prisoner can safely be released into the community; to set licence conditions where release is appropriate; and, in relevant cases, to decide whether to recommend a prisoner is transferred to open conditions.


  • Be proactive to identify and resolve issues in all allocated cases at the earliest opportunity, applying the current relevant law, procedure and guidance. Seek advice from subject experts within the Board, including specialist members, and legal and practice advisors.


  • Assess parole cases on referral to conclude on the papers or set directions for effective case management of those to be considered at an oral hearing.


  • Take an active part in oral hearings ensuring all areas of risk are identified and addressed by the panel, witnesses are questioned appropriately to inform the panel’s assessment of risk, and there is a full panel discussion of a case to properly weigh the evidence.


  • Contribute specialist knowledge and experience to the panel’s analysis of terrorist risk issues:
  • by clarifying those that are relevant to risk assessment and management;
  •      by assessing the weight of intelligence, qualifications and experience of witnesses and authors, specific assessment tools used,
  • overall quality of assessment and conclusions drawn; and
  • when two or more differing opinions exist in an area of terrorist risk.


  • Work collaboratively with other panel members to make judgements about the available evidence and to provide structured written reasons for the panel’s decision or recommendation in every case.


  • Use Parole Board IT effectively to access electronic dossiers, draft reasons for panel outcomes, communicate with the panel and colleagues and to undertake learning and development activity. Participate in oral hearings electronically, by telephone and/or video platform, as required.


  • Complete all mandatory training in line with Parole Board policy. Take responsibility for personal development by accessing materials and opportunities provided by the Board to remain up to date with current law, procedure, guidance and developments. Reflect individually and collectively on experiences and practice.


  • Achieve accreditation and maintain an active mixed portfolio of casework including paper panels and oral hearings. Terrorist risk members specialist members are expected to achieve for oral hearing chair accreditation and are eligible other roles including duty work. The latter is encouraged where appropriate for business need and personal development.


  • Be an effective ambassador whenever representing the Parole Board. Contribute positively to the effective running of the organisation through non-casework activity including mentoring, quality assurance, governance, training and participation in consultation, working groups and development roles.


  • Travel in line with Parole Board policy to attend oral hearings in prisons throughout England and Wales. Also travel to the London office and other venues to attend Parole Board events, including training. Occasional overnight stays may be required and expenses will be reimbursed in accordance to the prevailing policy.

Person Specification

The essential criteria below will be tested at different stages of the recruitment process:


  • Decision making: demonstrable ability to conduct effective evidence-based decision making, bringing independence of mind and making sound judgements through: weighing facts and evidence, analysing and critically evaluating large volumes of complex information and identifying key issues, within tight deadlines and working on own initiative.


  • Effective interpersonal skills: able to gain respect and maintain rapport through effective communication and influencing skills. Confident to challenge opinions, work collegiately and resolve differences to reach sound decisions. Able to communicate expert knowledge in a manner a lay person can readily understand.


  • Adaptable communication skills, both written and oral: able to communicate sensitively and effectively with a wide range of individuals, varying the approach as necessary, treating others with respect, listening actively and evaluating replies to probe issues.


  • Effective written skills: the ability to draft well-formed written accounts which accurately document, analyse and summarise evidence in support of a decision or recommendation. Able to work collaboratively to produce written reasons that accurately reflect how the panel came to its decision or recommendation.


  • Demonstrable high standards of corporate and personal integrity and conduct: including a strong desire to serve the public, evidence of commitment to equality and diversity, resilience and reflection in decision making, and personal accountability.


  • Effective time management, organisational and administrative skills: ability to identify and resolve issues at an early stage taking proactive steps to ensure cases are concluded at the earliest opportunity. Strong commitment to professional and personal development.

Additional Information


The role is home based, with hearings undertaken in person and remotely.  Travel will be required to London and to attend oral hearings during the working day in secure establishments across England and Wales.


This is a role requires substantial experience of dealing with the risk of terrorism, extremism, radicalisation, gang offending, hate crime and/or organised crime.  You must have knowledge and understanding of risk assessment and/or risk management in relation to terrorist related offending. Please refer closely to the eligibility section in the candidate information pack.

Security Clearance

For successful candidates, confirmation of appointment will be subject to Developed Vetting (DV), covering confirmation of identity and right to work in the UK plus a criminal record check. This will involve completion of several paper and electronic forms and can take around six months to process following completion of the forms.

It is desirable that you already hold DV clearance.  You must also be willing to undertake DV Renewal, currently required within seven years.


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