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: HMP/YOI Portland, 104 The Grove Road, Grove, Portland DT5 1DL. HMP The Verne, Verne Common Road, Portland DT5 1EQ
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 10 vacancies at IMB Portland & 6 vacancies at IMB The Verne
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. Board meetings at Portland take place the second Wednesday of each month at 9.45am. At present these meetings are alternated face to face with Zoom.Board meetings at The Verne are held every 4th Thursday of each month. 10.30am – 2.30pm (lunch 12pm -1pm)
Closing Date: 20/02/2022 00:00
Interviews: March 2022

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Portland & IMB The Verne 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. 30 miles of the prison establishment. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

HMP/YOI Portland is a Category C male Adult/Young Offenders Institute in the village of The Grove on the isle of Portland, Dorset which is easily accessible by road.

HMP The Verne is a Category C male prison located within the historic Verne Citadel on the isle of Portland, Dorset.

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 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

Applicants can find further information and apply online via the IMB website In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact 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.

1174/Portland & The Verne/2022 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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