Mrs Stanage is a registered Social Worker and for the past ten years has been a Children's Reporter in the Scottish Borders. From 1996 - 2001 she was a Senior Social Worker in a multi-disciplinary Child Protection Team. Mrs Stanage has also worked in fostering and adoption and in residential child care. She is on the panel of safeguarders and sits on the board of an organisation offering advice and education to young people on the effects of alcohol and drugs. Mrs Stanage was appointed to the Parole Board in November 2011.