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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: HMP Leeds, 2 Gloucester Terrace, Stanningley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 2TJ
Number of Vacancies: up to 4 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 - 4 visits per month during probation year which then reduces to 2 - 3 visits per month and this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual
Closing Date: 01/10/2017
Interviews: Anticipated mid-October onwards

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Vacancy Description

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. 30 miles of the prison.  You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Person Specification

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

Additional Information

HMP Leeds is a Category B Local Prison serving the local Courts of West Yorkshire with a capacity of 1218 male prisoners both serving sentences and on remand.   The prison is a mainly Victorian building with 2 more modern wings and a new Reception currently under construction. Potential applicants are encouraged to look at the 2016 IMB Annual Report that is available through the IMB website [Link].   This will provide an up to date picture of the Prison but also the work of the IMB itself. 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  Completed 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:  591/Leeds/2017 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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