Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre (IRC)

Body: Independent Monitoring Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: IRC Morton Hall, Swinderby, Lincoln LN6 9PT
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 visits per month during probation year, which then reduces to 2 visits per month and this, can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. A Board meeting is held on the Fourth Tuesday of every month, usually from around 9am to 1pm.
Closing Date: 03/12/2017
Interviews: TBC – anticipated January 2018.

Vacancy Description

Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre holds those subject to deportation who require secure conditions. Set on an open-plan site with a constantly changing population, the Centre has an experienced Senior Management Team based on site. Inside every Detention Centre, there is an IMB – a group of ordinary members of the public doing an extraordinary job. IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 4 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 or detention centre 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 the existing Boards. The role is about fairness and decency and is always rewarding, educational and challenging.  Please click on to find out how being an IMB member can benefit you.

Visit and view the short film ‘Joining the Independent Monitoring Board’ and hear current IMB members talking about their role.

Person Specification

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the Morton Hall IMB, helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Essential criteria:

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience, as we will provide all necessary training and support. Applicants should live within (approx.) 30 miles of the Centre and be aged 18 years or over. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, and willing to learn. You also need to possess effective communication skills and have the ability to make sound, objective judgement.

How to Apply

An application pack along with further details on how to apply is available from Completed applications should be emailed to by the closing date. Alternatively, please telephone 020 3334 3265 giving your name and address and we will post one to you. Completed applications should be posted to IMB Secretariat, 9th Floor, Post Point 9.52, The Tower, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ by the closing date

Reference Number:           631/Morton Hall/2017 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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