Volunteer to check standards in prison

Apply to an Independent Monitoring Board for an application pack.

Independent Monitoring Boards check the day-to-day standards of prisons - each prison has one associated with it.

You don’t need specific qualifications and you get trained.

How to apply

Contact the Independent Monitoring Board to volunteer.

Independent Monitoring Board
Telephone: 020 3334 3265
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
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Volunteering usually takes up about 2 or 3 days per month.

What happens after you return the application pack

You’ll be invited to a tour of the prison and then asked to go for an interview.

If successful, checks are done on your background - this is called ‘security clearance’.

The process can take up to 3 months.