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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Birmingham, Winson Green Rd, Birmingham B18 4AS
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 5 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. weekly visits during probation year in addition to all board meetings, which may later reduce to 2-3 visits in addition to all board meetings. This can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. Board Meetings are currently at 12 o’clock on the first Wednesday of the month. Members are needed to visit fortnightly (twice a month) and to attend the board meeting. There is teleconferencing possibility for Board Meetings. During induction and training this will be significantly more often and ideally at least once per week. The Board currently has more members visiting at the weekends than on weekdays and this represents an imbalance.
Closing Date: 16/01/2022 00:00
Interviews: Suggested interview start date 24/1/2022 – TBC. (We regret that we cannot reimburse expenses incurred in attending familiarisation visits or interviews).

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Birmingham 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

Birmingham prison is a very busy Category B local prison that reflects the local community. We are recruiting new members to a voluntary role monitoring the living conditions and experience of prisoners at Birmingham. We welcome applications from all members of the local community. If you have time for a challenging but rewarding role in a custodial environment, please do apply. 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

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.

1191/Birmingham/2021 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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