Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at HMP Frankland & HMP Low Newton.

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: HMP Frankland & HMP Low Newton. Both prisons are accessible by public transport from 7am to 5pm but private transport is strongly advised. Parking is adequate on both sites. Access to HMP Frankland for wheelchair users is very difficult and significant adjustments would have to be made in consultation with prison Health and Safety Team. IMB Frankland’s office is on the first floor.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: Frankland: up to 4 vacancies/ Low Newton: up to 8
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 to 4 visits per month during probation year which may reduce to 2 - 3 visits per month, however, more visits may be required to include rota visits, board meeting and special events. We aim to be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. IMB Frankland Board meetings take place every second Thursday of every month AT 12.15pm whilst IMB Low Newton’s take place the last Friday of the month at 10am.
Closing Date: 22/09/2019 00:00
Interviews: Mid October (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 Frankland & HMP Low Newton 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. 20 miles of the prison. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement. This is a joint recruitment campaign for very different prisons. Candidates will be invited to express a preference, if they have one or if they are prepared to be considered for either prison.

Additional Information

HMP Frankland is a Category A and B male prison serving 10yr and over, IPP on life sentences, plus High and Standard Risk Cat A remands.

HMP Low Newton is a female prison catering for all category of prisoners.

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 4 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 the 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.

Candidates will be invited to express a preference at interview, if they have one, which prison they wish to apply for

How to Apply

An application pack along with further details on how to apply is available from applications should be emailed to by the closing date. Alternatively, please telephone 020 3334 3265 providing your name and address and we will post one to you. Completed applications should be posted to IMB Secretariat, 3rd Floor, Post Point 2, 10 South Colonnade, London, E14 4PH by the closing date

Reference Number:           (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form) 987/ Frankland & Low Newton /2019

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