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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Elmley, Church Road, Eastchurch, Sheerness, Kent ME12 4DZ.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 visits and a Board meeting per month during probation year and this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. The Board meeting is on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10am and possible teleconferencing for Board Meetings.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/03/2022 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


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. 40 miles of the prison.

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 Elmley helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Additional Information

HMP Elmley is a purpose-built local Prison serving all courts in the county of Kent.  Ideally candidates should have their own transport as public transport is available but not straightforward.

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 work an average of 3 visits per month depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.  Possible visits during the weekend after initial induction. 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 the existing Boards.  The role is about fairness and decency and is always rewarding, educational and challenging.  A visit to the prison prior to interview can be arranged following a negative lateral flow test.  Transport to the prison by public transport is difficult.

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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