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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Stafford, 54 Gaol Road, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 3AW
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 3 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 - 4 visits per month during the probationary period, later reducing to 2 to 3 visits per month. This can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.
Closing Date: 03/05/2020 00:00
Interviews: TBA - Anticipated May onwards. 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 Stafford 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. 20 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 Stafford is a category C, training prison for adult males convicted of sexual offences with a certified accommodation of 751. Located in Stafford town centre it has 7 residential wings, a vision of “Returning citizens, not offenders, to our communities” and an active culture of rehabilitation. Please note that due to the prison being built in 1794 few areas are easily accessible to individuals with reduced mobility. The IMB has a respected role in the establishment and a relationship with the management team that allows us to have influence over the humane and just treatment of all within HMP Stafford. 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, Third Floor, 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4PH by the closing date.

Reference Number: 1044/Stafford/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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