Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at: HMP Bedford HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay HMP/YOI Norwich HMP Warren Hill HMP Wayland

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Bedford, St Loyes, Bedford MK40 1HG HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3JW HMP/YOI Norwich, Knox Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4LU HMP Warren Hill, Grove Road, Hollesley, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3BF HMP Wayland, Griston, Thetford, Norfolk IP25 6RL.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: IMB Bedford up to 4 vacancies. IMB Hollesley Bay up to 3 vacancies. IMB Norwich up to 6 vacancies. IMB Warren Hill up to 3 vacancies. IMB Wayland up to 2 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed.
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. Each Board also meets regularly, once per month. This meeting is usually within working hours and members do need to attend at least nine meetings a year.
Closing Date: 25/04/2021 00:00
Interviews: 24 – 30 May 2021

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the Independent Monitoring Boards at HMP Bedford, HMP/YOI Hollesley Bay, HMP/YOI Norwich, HMP Warren Hill and HMP Wayland 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. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

Bedford is a Category B local prison for men aged 18 and over. The prison is located in Bedford town centre.

Hollesley Bay is a Category D open prison with a strong emphasis on rehabilitation and re-settlement.

Norwich is a Category B local prison for men aged 18 and over. The prison is split into three sites:
• the Category B site serves the local courts (receiving those remanded in custody and sending men to their court appearances)
• the Category C site is used for men who are nearing release
• there is also a small Category D (open prison) where the men are in employment in the local community.

Warren Hill is a Category C prison for adult male prisoners, most of whom are part of a progression regime which is designed to provide them with opportunities to demonstrate to the Parole Board that they are suitable for release on licence.

Wayland is a Category C training and resettlement prison for men.

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 will 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.

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