Forensic psychologists play a critical role in the assessment of offenders and the provision of support and training for other staff. They also work with victims. Research is a further element of their work, as is presenting evidence in court and advising parole boards and mental health tribunals.
Typical Work Activities
Forensic psychology is often perceived as concerning criminal investigation and profiling. Although this is one very minor aspect of forensic psychology, it is not a core role. The work of forensic psychologists mainly relates to the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour. Forensic psychologists work not only with prisoners and offenders but also with other professionals involved in the judicial and penal systems, and with victims of crime.
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), achieved by completing a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited degree or conversion course. a BPS-accredited Masters in Forensic Psychology - some courses may be available on a part-time or distance-learning basis. Stage 2 of the BPS Qualification in Forensic Psychology - a minimum of two years of supervised practice that requires trainees to provide evidence of applying psychology in forensic practice.
Salary And Conditions
Range of typical starting salaries for trainee forensic psychologists in HM Prison Service start from £24,250 to £27,415. Chartered forensic psychologists (higher grade) can expect to earn between £26,280 and £38,082. Salaries at senior and principal grades, i.e. with 10-15 years' experience in the role, may reach up to around £63,000. Typical salaries for NHS forensic psychologists in training (Band 6): £25,528 - £34,189. Salaries for qualified forensic psychologists (Band 7) range from: £30,460-£40,157. Generally, after two years of qualification, forensic psychologists are banded at level 8a: £38,851-£46,621. Once qualified, salaries can range from £45,254 up to £80,810 .