Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at HMP/YOI Foston Hall and HMP Sudbury

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: HMP/YOI Foston Hall, Foston, Derby, Derbyshire, DE65 5DN. HMP Sudbury, Ashbourne Road, Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HW
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 10
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 to 3 visits per month although tis may be slightly higher during the first year of training. and this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual
Closing Date: 08/11/2020 00:00
Interviews: TBC – anticipated November 2020 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 Foston Hall & Sudbury 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 prisons. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

HMP Foston Hall is a women’s closed category prison and Young Offenders Institution, situated on the A50 between Derby and Uttoxeter. Public transport access is very limited so a driving license is essential. The prison accommodates both sentenced and remand prisoners.
HM Prison Sudbury is a Category D men’s prison, located in the village of Sudbury in Derbyshire Inside every establishment, 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

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.
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.
Reference Number: 1059/Foston Hall & Sudbury /2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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