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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP/YOI Rochester, 1 Fort Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 3QS
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: Up to 4 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
Closing Date: 07/11/2021 00:00
Interviews: 15 November 2021. We regret that we cannot reimburse expenses incurred in attending familiarisation visits or interviews). 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.

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Rochester 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 Rochester is a category C training and resettlement prison in Kent holding 690 adult and young adult male prisoners. Single and double accommodation cells are contained in a mixture of Victorian units opened in 2008. As a resettlement prison, Rochester focuses on giving opportunity to engage with learning and improve skills for employment to all its residents. Public transport routes are not close to the prison and therefore these positions are more suited for those with their own transport. 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 although this may be slightly higher during the first year of training. Board Meeting is on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm. 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 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/ In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact imb@justice.gov.uk in the first instance.

1167/Rochester/2021 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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