Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) HMP Preston

Announced
Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: HMP Preston, 2 Ribbleton Lane, Preston PR1 5AB.
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 6
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. Board meetings take place first Tuesday morning of every month. Members will be expected to monitor specific aspects of the prison and report quarterly to the board.
Closing Date: 19/09/2021 00:00
Interviews: early October 2021

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. 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.

Person Specification

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

Additional Information

HMP Preston is a Cat B male local prison on the edge of the city centre. It has good transport links with the surrounding areas. 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.

 

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.

Reference Number:           1140/Preston/2021 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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