Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB)

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HM YOI Cookham Wood, Sir Evelyn Rd, Rochester, Kent ME1 3LU
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 to 3 visits per month although this may be slightly higher during the first year of training. This can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual
Closing Date: 08/11/2020 00:00
Interviews: TBC

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 Cookham Wood helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Additional Information

Cookham Wood is a Young Offenders Institution holding up to 178 boys aged 15-18 years, on remand or sentenced. The mission of the establishment is to give the young people in custody the best chance to turn their lives around. 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 complete an average of 2-3 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 existing Boards. The role is about fairness and decency and is always rewarding, educational and challenging. Please click on www.imb.org.uk to find out how being an IMB member can benefit you. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuQ4WxirPlg and view the short film ‘Joining the Independent Monitoring Board’ and hear current IMB members talking about their role.

How to Apply

Applicants can find further information and apply online via the IMB website https://www.imb.org.uk/join-now/current-vacancies/ In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact imb@justice.gov.uk in the first instance.
Please note that some of our recruitment practices may be adapted in light of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, tours may not be available and interviews may take place via ZOOM. As part of the recruitment process you will be informed about any local arrangements in place to adapt recruitment processes in light of COVID-19.
Reference Number: 1065/Cookham Wood/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)
Regulated by OCPA*: The Commissioner for Public Appointments regulates and monitors appointments of IMB Members

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