Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at HMYOI Aylesbury

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMYOI Aylesbury, Bierton Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1EH
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2
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: 29/11/2020 00:00
Interviews: To be confirmed – anticipated December 2020. 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 Aylesbury 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 prison. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

HM YOI Aylesbury is part of the Long Term and High Security Estate (although a Cat B prison) for 18-21-year-old males. The prison holds the longest sentenced young adult males in the English prison system, the majority serving a sentence of four years or more. HM YOI Aylesbury is housed in a mixture of buildings, whose ages range from Victorian to early twenty-first century, based towards the centre of the town of Aylesbury. The town is well served by train, bus and road.

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 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. 1079/Aylesbury/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

The Commissioner for Public Appointments regulates and monitors appointments of IMB Members

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