Body: Home Office
Appointing Department: Home Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Education, Health, Judicial, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Central London / remote working
Skills required: Legal / Judicial, Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 6-10
Remuneration: £210 per day
Time Requirements: 18 month fixed term appointment

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

Do you want to play a role in assisting the recommendations of a panel to consider the impact of detention on a person and balance the need for public protection?

If so, you can do this by becoming an Independent member of Case Progression Panels, which form part of the Government’s Immigration Detention Reform agenda. In 2018 the Home Office announced a wide-ranging package of reforms to Immigration Detention. A key aspect of the reforms was the establishment of an independent element to the existing Case Progression Panel process which reviews all cases of individuals in immigration detention for over three months.

The purpose of the panels is to ensure robustness and a consistency of process and approach to reviewing detention and case progression across the detained immigration system, thereby improving individual and stakeholder confidence in detention decisions.

As an independent panel member, you will have key responsibility for:

  • Contributing to panels and helping to achieve a consensus among panel members in its review of all cases of immigration detention for over three months; and
  • recording and reporting back the decisions made by the panel highlighting significant discussion points to inform the continued development of the process.

We are therefore seeking candidates with experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment – particularly protection, with excellent communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, as well as an ability to analyse complex information to identify key issues and make effective recommendations.

Given the nature of the role we are ideally looking for candidates who understand the safeguarding landscape but are not currently employed by a statutory agency or linked to a related non-governmental organisation. Applications from candidates in the following fields are particularly welcome – criminal justice, health and social care, education and local authorities.

This will be an 18 month fixed term appointment with the possibility of extension. No existing knowledge of the Immigration Detention process is required. The successful candidates will be provided with training on appointment.

Person Specification

It is essential in your supporting statement that you provide evidence and proven examples against each of the selection criteria in Part One only of the person specification, in so far as you are able. These responses will be further developed and explored with those candidates invited for interview, together with the criteria listed in Part Two.

Given the nature of the role we are looking for candidates who understand the need to balance public protection against the vulnerability factors of a person in detention. Candidates must not be currently employed by a statutory agency or a public protection related non-governmental organisation.

Part One – Essential Criteria

Skills and Experience


  • Professional experience in immigration or law and order.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and vulnerability issues.
  • Knowledge of public protection issues – a significant number of cases will involve Foreign National Offenders and difficult conversations will occur to consider offending history and the likelihood of further public harm.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills, with a personal and professional demeanour that generates trust and confidence in others.
  • Strong organisational skills and the ability to effectively communicate in meetings.
  • Ability to think logically and objectively in analysing complex information in order to identify key issues and make effective recommendations.


  • Experience of working in a safeguarding environment in relation to vulnerable people.
  • Report writing skills.

Part Two – Personal abilities and behaviours

  • Ability to work collaboratively using persuasion and influence effectively in a high-profile environment.
  • The ability to recognise and draw appropriately on professional expertise with self-awareness.


Additional Information

The successful candidates will be required to have or be willing to obtain security clearance to Counter Terrorism Check (CTC) level.

How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 23:00, 23 April 2021.

Please submit the following 4 documents, clearly labelled, by email to

  1. A comprehensive CV (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) setting out your career history and including details of any professional qualifications.
  2. A short supporting statement (maximum two sides A4, minimum 11 font) giving evidence of the strength and depth of your ability to meet the essential criteria for the role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the experience, qualities and skill areas identified in the person specification as the evidence you provide will be used by the selection panel to determine your suitability for interview.
  3. Please complete and return via email the forms at Annex B, relating to referees, conflicts of interest and nationality.
  1. In addition, please complete the Diversity Form at Annex C. Please click on the link to the Public Appointments website for further information on recording whether or not you have a disability.


Please include the heading (Independent Members, Case Progression Panels) in the subject box.

Please submit your application documents as 4 separate attachments.

Please note the following:

  • We cannot accept applications submitted after the closing date.
  • Applications will be assessed on the documentation provided. Please refer to the advert and checklist to ensure you have provided the necessary documentation We will assess it based solely on documentation provided.
  • Applications will be acknowledged upon receipt.
  • Feedback will only be given to unsuccessful candidates following interview.



Annex B - Supporting documentation 2020 - Final
Home Office Privacy Notice - Final
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This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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