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Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at HMP Northumberland
Application deadline 30 October 2022
- Independent Monitoring Board of any prison or young offender institution
- Sponsor department
- Ministry of Justice
- North East
- Judicial, Prisons & Policing
- Communication, Regulation
- Number of vacancies
- Time commitment
- Length of term
- Up to 3 years with reappointment available up to a maximum tenure of 15 years.
- Application deadline
- 11:59am on 30 October 2022
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Timeline for this appointment
20 September 2022
11:59am on 30 October 2022
About the role
HMP Northumberland is a very large Cat C, male prison, with a large population of men. The site is extensive and is one of the largest footprints in the UK. Much of the movement between residential and work blocks is outside without protection from the weather. The walk from the car park to the main gatehouse takes ten minutes. 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.
Regulation of appointment
Application and selection process
Public appointments are made on merit following a fair and open competition process which is conducted in accordance with the Governance Code for Public Appointments. We will deal with your application as quickly as possible and will keep you informed at key stages. We aim to conclude the appointment process within three months of the deadline for applications – this is in accordance with the Governance Code.
The assessment process
- Ministers are responsible and accountable to Parliament for the public appointments made within their department.
- An Interview Panel (“Panel”) is convened to decide, objectively, which candidates meet the eligibility criteria for the role.
- Applications may or may not be shortlisted.
- You will be advised (by e-mail) whether you have been shortlisted and invited to an interview.
- The Panel will interview candidates and determine who is appointable to the role. The names of all appointable candidates are provided to Ministers. It is then for Ministers to determine merit and decide who should be appointed. In some circumstances, Ministers may choose not to appoint any candidates and re-run the competition.
- The Panel’s recommendations will be provided to Ministers in a submission which details the outcome of each interview. They will then be asked to agree on the candidate(s) who should be appointed.
- Once the decision on the appointment has been made, interviewed candidates will be advised of the outcome of their application. Successful candidates will be issued with their Terms & Conditions and a letter of appointment should they agree to take up the position.
In general, you should have the right to work in the UK to be eligible to apply for a public appointment.
There are a small number of specialist roles that are not open to non-British citizens. Any nationality requirements will be specified in the vacancy details.
The Government expects all holders of public office to work to the highest personal and professional standards.
You cannot be considered for a public appointment if:
you are disqualified from acting as a company director (under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986);
have an unspent conviction on your criminal record;
your estate has been sequestrated in Scotland or you enter into a debt arrangement programme under Part 1 of the Debt Arrangement and Attachment (Scotland) Act 2002 (asp 17) as the debtor or have, under Scots law, granted a trust deed for creditors.
When you apply, you should declare if:
you are, or have been, bankrupt or you have made an arrangement with a creditor at any point, including the dates of this.
you are subject to a current police investigation.
You must inform the sponsor department if, during the application process, your circumstances change in respect of any of the above points.When you apply you should also declare any relevant interests, highlighting any that you think may call into question your ability to properly discharge the responsibilities of the role you are applying for. You should also declare any other matters which may mean you may not be able to meet the requirements of the Code of Conduct of Board Members (see Outside interests and reputational issues section below)
IMB members have full access to their local prison, immigration removal centre or STHF at any time, day or night. For this reason, all our members must be security cleared. The following security clearance levels apply:
- Young Offender Institutions and Prisons with mother and baby units: Enhanced DBS with a Child Barred List Check
- High Security Prisons: Enhanced Level 2, and CTC (Counter-Terrorist Check)
- All other prisons: Enhanced level 1
- Immigration Estate: Standard DBS and CTC
Additional information for candidates
- ensuring that application forms are available in different or accessible formats;
- making adaptations to interview locations;
- allowing candidates to present their skills and experience in a different way;
- giving additional detailed information on the selection / interview process in advance to allow candidates time to prepare themselves;
- allowing support workers, for example sign language interpreters;
- making provision for support animals to attend.
Holders of public office are expected to adhere to and uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life--2. These are:
- SELFLESSNESS - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends;
- INTEGRITY - Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties;
- OBJECTIVITY - In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit;
- ACCOUNTABILITY - Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office;
- OPENNESS - Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands;
- HONESTY - Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest;
- LEADERSHIP - Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
- any outside interests that you may have, such as shares you may hold in a company providing services to government;
- any possible reputational issues arising from your past actions or or public statements that you have made;
- and/or - any political roles you hold or political campaigns you have supported;
We aim to process all applications as quickly as possible and to treat all applicants with courtesy.Please follow the IMB complaints process to raise your concerns. Your complaint will normally be acknowledged within five working days of receipt and answered as quickly and clearly as possible; at the most within 20 working days of receipt.
The IMB’s privacy statement is available here:Privacy-statement-Secretariat-Level-IMBs-for-applications.pdf