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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP/YOI Chelmsford, 200 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6LQ
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: Up to 3 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.
Closing Date: 24/04/2022 00:00
Interviews: expected 24th April onwards

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Chelmsford 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

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Chelmsford. Applications are invited from candidates who live within 25 miles of HMP Chelmsford. The board would welcome people from all walks of life who feel that they want to participate in ensuring that prisoners are treated in a fair and just manner while they serve their sentence or are on remand. The prison is due to close to the town centre and within a easy walk of several car parks. HMP Chelmsford is a category B local all-male prison. Which means it holds convicted and remand inmates from Essex courts.

The IMB at Chelmsford can accommodate all of the pressures of time and availability of members but on average each member is expected to undertake a rota visit, a specialist meeting and the board meeting each month.

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.

1217/Chelmsford/ 2022 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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