Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) for Lewes and Ford

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Lewes, 1 Brighton Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1EA. HMP Ford, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BX
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 to 3 visits per month in addition to Board Meetings. 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. Board Meeting for Lewes is on the first Tuesday of every month from 9.30 – 12.30 and Board Meeting for Ford is every 2nd Wednesday of the month (time to be agreed by the Chair).

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    25/07/2021 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

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. 20-35 miles of the prisons.

You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement

Person Specification

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB HMP Lewes and HMP Ford helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Additional Information

HMP/YOI Lewes is a male Category B and C local prison, in the centre of Lewes.  It is a Victorian building with many stairs and heavy gates.  There is no parking available at the prison although there is street parking on a first come, first served basis and costs are refundable.

HMP Ford is an open category D prison, located just outside Arundel.  Best access is by car but there is a station within a cycle ride of Ford.

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.  Visit and view the short film ‘Joining the Independent Monitoring Board’ and hear current IMB members talking about their role.

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.

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