Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at HMP East Sutton Park

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP East Sutton Park, An women's open prison, Maidstone, ME17 3DF
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed
Time Requirements: 2 – 3 visits per month which can include weekends for a rota visit plus Board meeting which is on 1st Friday of the month.

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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.  Rural setting – own transport essential as no public transport within 1 mile.

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 at HMP East Sutton Park Board helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Additional Information

East Sutton Park is a women’s open prison a few miles from Maidstone. The main building was originally a stately home built around 1432 and it commands stunning view of the Kent countryside. Being an open prison means that the women are encouraged to improve their education, work on the farm or the market garden, grounds or the house and kitchen.  Ultimately though, they will obtain jobs in the community which equips them financially and mentally to return to the community and their families and a crime free life.

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 which can include weekends for a rota visit.  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.

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