Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at HMP Ashfield

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: HMP Ashfield
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 - 4 visits per month (including Board meetings)
Closing Date: 04/02/2018 00:00
Interviews: Anticipated mid- late February onwards

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Ashfield helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Person Specification

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approx. 25 miles of the prison. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

HMP Ashfield, located in Pucklechurch (South Gloucestershire), about 8-10 miles from each of Bristol and Bath, is a Cat C specialist prison for approx. 400 convicted sex offenders, many of whom are in the middle and latter stages of serving lengthy sentences. It is contracted out to SERCO Ltd. It has modern and well- maintained purpose built premises and currently offers a high standard of care, training and educational opportunities to prisoners within a safe and secure environment. Around half of all prisoners are aged over 50 and are generally compliant, but there is also a younger, more challenging group. A high percentage of prisoners are in denial of their offences or are maintaining their innocence, but others participate in specialist psychologically-based offending behaviour treatment programmes. Inside every prison, there is an IMB – a group of ordinary members of the public doing an extraordinary job. IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 4 visits per month depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. Members are the eyes and ears of Ministers and monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Your background can be as a student, a person of working age or retired. We welcome applications from people over 18 and are particularly keen to hear from those of working age and individuals from black and minority ethnic communities, since these groups are under-represented on the existing Boards. The role is about fairness and decency and is always rewarding, educational and challenging. Please click on to find out how being an IMB member can benefit you. Visit and view the short film ‘Joining the Independent Monitoring Board’ and hear current IMB members talking about their role.

How to Apply

An application pack along with further details on how to apply is available from applications should be emailed to by the closing date. Alternatively, please telephone 020 3334 3265 providing your name and address and we will post one to you. Completed applications should be posted to IMB Secretariat, 9th Floor, Post Point 9.52, The Tower, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ by the closing date.

Reference Number:648/Ashfield/2018 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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