Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at: HMP/YOI Deerbolt HMP Durham HMP Frankland HMP Holme House HMP Kirklevington Grange HMP/YOI Low Newton HMP Northumberland

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP/YOI Deerbolt, Bowes Road, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 9BG. HMP Durham, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HU. HMP Frankland, Brasside, Durham DH1 5YD. HMP Holme House, Holme House Road, Stockton on Tees TS18 2QU HMP Kirklevington Grange, Yarm, Cleveland TS15 9PA HMP/YOI Low Newton, Brasside, Durham DH1 5YA HMP Northumberland, Wansbeck Road, Morpeth, Northumberland NE65 9XG.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: IMB Deerbolt up to 4 vacancies. IMB Durham up to 3 vacancies. IMB Frankland up to 3 vacancies. IMB Holme House up to 4 vacancies. IMB Kirklevington Grange up to 1 vacancy IMB Low Newton up to 4 vacancies IMB Northumberland up to 3 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 to 3 visits per month although this may be slightly higher during the first year of training. This can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. Each Board also meets regularly, once per month. This meeting is usually within working hours and members do need to attend at least nine meetings a year.
Closing Date: 25/04/2021 00:00
Interviews: 24 – 30 May 2021.

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the Independent Monitoring Boards at HMP/YOI Deerbolt, HMP Durham, HMP Frankland, HMP Holme House, HMP Kirklevington Grange, HMP/YOI Low Newton and HMP Northumberland 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

Deerbolt is a prison and young offender institution for men aged 18 to 24

Durham is a men’s prison located in the city of Durham.

Frankland is a high security prison located on the outskirts of Durham City. It provides a maximum security environment for men serving sentences of over four years.

Holme House is a Category C training and resettlement prison, holding convicted adult male prisoners (aged 21 and over) and a small number of young offenders (aged 18 to 21).

Kirklevington Grange is an open prison for men resettling in the north-east of England.

Low Newton is a prison and young offender institution for women aged 18 and over. This includes those serving short sentences, those serving licence sentences and also restricted status (high security) women.

Northumberland is a Category C male prison.

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 complete an average of 2-3 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 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

Applicants can find further information and apply online via the IMB website In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact in the first instance.

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 will 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.

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