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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: HMP Belmarsh, Western Way, Thamesmead, London SE28 0EB
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: upto 5 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 to 4 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: 15/11/2020 00:00
Interviews: To be confirmed – anticipated November/ December 2020.

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Belmarsh 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. 25 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

Belmarsh is a high security men’s prison in southeast London. Please be aware that if recommended for appointment, it will be necessary to obtain DBS and Counter Terrorism clearance. The latter can take some time so the whole process can take up to a year before final appointment.

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: 1062/Belmarsh/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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