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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: HMP/YOI Rochester, 1 Fort Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 3QS
Skills required: Legal / Judicial
Number of Vacancies: Up to 3
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed.
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 to 4 visits per during the probation year which then reduces to around 3 visits per month and this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.
Closing Date: 30/09/2018 12:00
Interviews: TBC. (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 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 Rochester is a Category C and YOI male prison. It has a mixture of Edwardian and newer accommodation. It faces the full range of challenges associated across the prison estate. Travel to HMP Rochester by public transport is extremely limited as it has a rural location and is away from a main town. Consequently it is a requirement to enable ready access to the prison, that all Board members must be car drivers. 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, Third Floor Post Point 2, 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4PH by the closing date.

847/Rochester/2018 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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