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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: HMP Guys Marsh, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0AH
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
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

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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.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.

Person Specification

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Guys Marsh helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Additional Information

HMP Guys Marsh is situated in a rural setting just outside Shaftesbury in Dorset. It is  a Cat C adult male Training and Resettlement prison. Currently the prison is undergoing a wide – ranging programme of improvement and refurbishment.  There is a lift in the main administration block and the residential wings are separate blocks located in a campus surrounded by gardens. There is no public transport to the establishment so own transport is essential 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.


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