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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Oakwood, Oak Road, Featherstone, West Midlands, WV10 7QD
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 8 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 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: 17/10/2021
Interviews: TBA We regret that we cannot reimburse expenses incurred in attending familiarisation visits or interviews). 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.

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. 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 Oakwood is a Category C male prison serving accommodating 2060 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. Board Meeting occurs on the third Thursday of every month from 3pm – 6pm. 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 www.imb.org.uk to find out how being
an IMB member can benefit you. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuQ4WxirPlg 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 https://www.imb.org.uk/join-now/current-vacancies/ In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact imb@justice.gov.uk in the first instance.

1136/Oakwood/2021 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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