Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at: HMP/YOI Foston Hall HMP Gartree HMP Lowdham Grange HMP North Sea Camp HMP Nottingham

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP/YOI Foston Hall, Foston, Derby, Derbyshire DE65 5DN. HMP Gartree, Gallow Field Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7RP. HMP Lowdham Grange, Old Epperstone Road, Lowdham, Nottingham, NG14 7DA. HMP North Sea Camp, Croppers Lane, Freiston, Boston, Lincolnshire PE22 0QX. HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 3AG.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: IMB Foston Hall up to 2 vacancies. IMB Gartree up to 4 vacancies. IMB Lowdham Grange up to 6 vacancies. IMB North Sea Camp up to 4 vacancies. IMB Nottingham up to 3 vacancies.
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed.
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 to 3 visits per month
Closing Date: 25/04/2021 00:00
Interviews: 24 – 30 May 2021

This is not a ministerial appointment.

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 the  Independent Monitoring  Boards at HMP/YOI Foston Hall, HMP Gartree, HMP Lowdham Grange, HMP North Sea Camp and HMP Nottingham helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Additional Information

Foston Hall is a women’s prison which also has some young offenders aged 18 – 21.  Prisoners range from those on remand to some who have life sentences.

Gartree is a Category B training prison for men serving indeterminate sentences.

Lowdham Grange is a training prison for men.  It houses longer-term Category B prisoners from across the country.

North Sea Camp is an open Category D male resettlement prison.  It is located six miles east of Boston and borders the North Sea.

Nottingham is a Category B local prison for men aged over 18.  It serves courts in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.  In addition to those serving shorter sentences there are always a very large number of remand prisoners.

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 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

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.

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.

Reference Number:  1104/East Midlands Cluster/2021 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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