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 Rd, Stafford, ST16 3AW
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 4
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 2-3 visits per month, which can include weekends to accommodate those at work. We can also work around shift patterns if necessary.
Closing Date: 02/01/2022 00:00
Interviews: 10/01/2022 (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 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. 25 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

Located near Stafford town centre, HMP Stafford is the second oldest prison in the country and includes many Grade II listed buildings. It is a category C training prison for men convicted of sexual offences. Please note that there are accessibility issues (flights of stairs) regarding access to many of the residential areas. 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 3 visits per month depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. The Board meeting is on the 1st Monday of each month at 9.30am for 3 hours unless it is a Bank Holiday. The meeting moves on a week when the first Monday is a Bank Holiday. 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/
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.

1180/Stafford/2021 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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