- Independent Monitoring Board of any prison or young offender institution
- Sponsor department
- Ministry of Justice
- Judicial, Prison & 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
- 11:59pm on 19 February 2023
Timeline for this appointment
9 January 2023
11:59pm on 19 February 2023
5 March 2023
Interviews expected to end on
12 March 2023
Application and selection process
Applicants can find further information and apply online via the IMB website https://imb.org.uk/prison-volunteer/prison-volunteer-uk/
In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be available. Applicants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. Please note that some interviews may take place via Zoom.
Reference Number:1289/South East London Cluster Thameside/2023 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)
- 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)
- 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.
- Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.
- Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.
- Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
- Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
- Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
- Honesty - Holders of public office should be truthful.
- Leadership - Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour and treat others with respect. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.
- 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 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: