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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Hewell, Hewell Lane, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6QS
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 6 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 to 3 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: 30/01/2022 00:00
Interviews: 15 February 2022 (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 Hewell 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.

Additional Information

HMP Hewell is a Cat B Local Prison in Worcestershire, just south of the West Midland’s conurbation between Redditch and Bromsgrove, only accessible by road. It had the reputation as ‘The worst prison in England’ and is not now on a fascinating improvement programme. It is an exciting time to be monitoring this establishment. 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 2 – 3 visits per month depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. Board meeting is on the third Wednesday morning of each month and can be done via Zoom. 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

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.

1193/Hewell/2021(to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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