Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) Cardiff, Parc, Swansea, Usk & Prescoed

Body: Independent Monitoring Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Cardiff CF24 0UG HMP & YOI Parc CF35 6AP HMP Swansea SA1 3SR HMP Usk & Prescoed NP15 1XP
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 12 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: 22/05/2022
Interviews: TBC

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB those boards noted above 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 prisons. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

HMP Cardiff is situated in the heart of the city. It is a men’s category B local training prison and largely serves South-East Wales and the South Wales Valleys, although there are a number of prisoners from English prisons. It provides predominantly for prisoners serving short-term sentences, remand prisoners and prisoners awaiting sentence.

HMP Parc is a Category B Local Prison holding c. 1700 males.  HMP Parc is a Category B Local Prison in Bridgend holding around 1700 males with a Vulnerable Persons Unit and the only Young Person’s Unit in Wales – which HMIP Inspectors quoted as ‘the best establishment for looking after children and others could learn from the work being done here’ (HMIP Report  Nov 2019). Parc also operates the Cynnwys Unit for those with Learning Difficulties which was awarded National Autism Society accreditation (Autumn 2018).

HMP Swansea is a Category B Local Prison, situated about half a mile from Swansea City Centre

HMP Usk/Prescoed is a Category C prison which is 1 prison operating on 2 sites about 3 miles apart. Varied as on 3 sites.

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 to find out how being an IMB member can benefit you.

How to Apply

Applicants can find further information and apply online via the IMB website In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact 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 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.

1219/Wales Cluster/2022 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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