Independent Monitoring Boards play a vital role in monitoring day-to-day life in prisons and removal centres, ensuring proper standards of decency are maintained. There are vacancies on the IMB at Birmingham Prison. Whatever your background, if you’re enthusiastic and open minded, have good people skills and sound judgement, then this could be the volunteer role for you.

What’s the role? You’ll work as part of a team of IMB volunteers, who are the eyes and ears of the public, appointed by the Minister of Justice, to be an independent monitor of the prison.

What would I do? You’ll monitor day-to-day life in the prison. You could be talking to prisoners, checking that they are being given access to healthcare and training, or observing how well those at risk of self- harm are treated.

You will also play an important role in dealing with problems faced by prisoners, which could range from lost property to serious bullying allegations.

Could I do this?
We welcome applications from over 18s from every walk of life and all backgrounds. You will normally need to live within roughly 45 minutes of the prison.

What qualifications do I need?
You do not need any formal qualifications and will receive training for the role.

What is the time commitment?
You will need to commit to at least two visits a month, but more visits are required during training.

Would I be paid?
This is an unpaid, voluntary role, but you can claim travel expenses and in certain circumstances loss of earnings and childcare/carer costs.

Due to COVID-19, IMB visiting arrangements may vary according to the local situation and some remote monitoring may be undertaken with feedback being gathered in other ways.

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Closing date for applications: 8th November 2020