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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: HMP Garth, Ulnes Walton, Leyland, Preston, PR26 8NE
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 7 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 4 - 6 visits per month during probation year which may later reduce, this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual
Closing Date: 23/02/2020
Interviews: Anticipated 09 March 2020 (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 Garth 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. 30 miles of the prison. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement. Board meetings take place 2nd Friday of each month. Tours of the prison can be arranged prior to any interview.

Additional Information

HMP Garth is a Category B Training Prison operating within the High Security Estate of the Prison service. It holds around 830 high risk and long-term prisoners including lifers and sex offenders. Garth is a progressive prison with specialist units that focus on severe personality disorders, other mental health conditions, and drug usage.

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.

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.

Reference Number: 1023/ Garth/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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