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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: HMP/YOI New Hall, Dial Wood, Flockton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4XX
Number of Vacancies: 8
Remuneration: unremunerated but expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 4 to 5 visits per month.
Closing Date: 10/06/2018 00:00
Interviews: TBC – anticipated end of June

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Bure 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

HMP/YOI New Hall is a female prison holding up to 417 women, both convicted and on remand. Situated in a rural area mid-way between Huddersfield and Wakefield, there is a lengthy walk from the bus stop to the prison and so the post would be best suited to those who drive and have access to a car. There is ample car parking on site. Wings within the prison are scattered over a relatively compact area but an amount of outdoor walking between buildings is required to be done in all weathers. 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 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, 9th Floor, Post Point 9.52, The Tower, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ by the closing date
Reference Number: 800/New Hall/2018 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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