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: 3
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 - 3 visits per month. This can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched

    06/06/2022

  • Closed for Applications

    24/07/2022

  • Panel Sift

    TBC

  • Final Interview Date

    TBC

  • Announcement

    TBC

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. 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.

Person Specification

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

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.

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 occurs on the third Thursday of every month. 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.

Reference Number:  1246/Oakwood/2022 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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