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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Derwentside IRC, Corbridge Road, Medomsley, Consett, County Durham, DH8 6QY
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 10
Remuneration: Unremunerated, though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 2 to 3 visits per month although this may be slightly higher during the first year of training and this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/09/2021 at 00:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approximately 30 miles of the centre.

Candidates need to be enthusiastic, open-minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement. Successful applicants will be required to undertake counter terrorism clearance (CTC) and a Disclosure and Barring check (DBS).

Person Specification

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join Derwentside IMB helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained for those detained at the Centre.

Additional Information

Derwentside IRC is a fully contained residential Immigration Removal Centre for women, based in County Durham. The establishment will have approximately 80 bed spaces and is expected to be operational from 30th September 2021.

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 2-3 visits per month, depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. 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 from black and minority ethnic communities, since these groups are under-represented on the existing Board.

The role of an IMB member is to monitor and report on the welfare of the persons detained at the centre and on the fairness of their treatment by visiting the centre, observing what is happening and speaking to staff and detainees.

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.

Please note that some of our recruitment practices may be adapted in light of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, tours may not be available, and interviews may take place via ZOOM. As part of the recruitment process you will be informed about any local arrangements in place to adapt recruitment processes in light of COVID-19.

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