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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Regulation
Location: HMP Oakwood, Oak Road, Featherstone, West Midlands, WV10 7QD
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 10 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 - 4 visits per month during probation year which then reduces to 2 - 3 visits per month. The Board operates a 2-week rota and full members are on rota accordingly. This can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.
Closing Date: 16/02/2020
Interviews: Late Feb - early March. 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 Oakwood 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. 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.

Additional Information

HMP Oakwood is a Category C male prison serving accommodating c.2000 prisoners. The prison is located between HMP Brinsford and HMP Featherstone and is separate and not integral to either neighbouring establishment. Oakwood is within a mile of and has easy access to the M54, M6 and M6 toll road. The work of the IMB within the prison can be viewed via our Annual Report. 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 Completed 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 4PU by the closing date

Reference Number: 1022/ Oakwood/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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