Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) Cardiff

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Cardiff Knox Rd, Cardiff CF24 0UG
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
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

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Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Cardiff  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. 25 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 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 an increasing number of prisoners are transferred from English prisons. It provides predominantly for prisoners serving short-term sentences, remand prisoners and prisoners awaiting sentence.  The prison opened in 1832, and a large part of the accommodation continues to comprise three Georgian wings. A major programme of refurbishment in 1996 resulted in the opening of three new accommodation wings.

The prison also includes a range of other facilities, including a gym, a series of workshops and classrooms. A new healthcare centre was opened in May 2008.  The normal regime includes full-time education, employment in the prison workshops, and training courses. There is also a resettlement unit that offers prisoners a personal social development course and work-based courses.

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.

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