Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Leeds and Sheffield Immigration Reporting Centre Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF)

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Waterside Court, Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2QB and Vulcan House, Riverside Entrance, 6 Millsands, Sheffield S3 8NU
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 2 vacancies
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. Members are expected to attend Board Meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 13:00 to 15:00 at a location near to Manchester Airport.
Closing Date: 08/11/2020 00:00
Interviews: TBC – anticipated November 2020 onwards. We regret that we cannot reimburse expenses incurred in attending familiarisation visits or interviews.

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for a new volunteer to join the IMB North & Midlands STHF Board, to help to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained for those detained in the Immigration Reporting Centre Holding Rooms in Leeds and Sheffield.
Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience; however, you will need to undertake Counter Terrorism Checks (CTC) if successful. We will provide all necessary training and support. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within 40 miles of the Facilities. You need to be enthusiastic, open-minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgment.

Person Specification

We are currently looking for a new volunteer to join the IMB North & Midlands STHF Board, to help to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained for those detained in the Immigration Reporting Centre Holding Rooms in Leeds and Sheffield.

Additional Information

The North & Midlands STHF IMB covers a wide geographical area – this vacancy is specifically for a member to assist with the monitoring of the Holding Rooms in the Immigration Reporting Centres in Leeds and Sheffield. Members will need access to their own computing facilities, and will need to be familiar with the use of email, and basic Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. Inside every Detention Facility 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 3 days 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 Detention Facilities 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 ensuring standards of fairness and decency and is always rewarding, educational and challenging. Please click on www.imb.org.uk to find out how being an IMB Member can benefit you. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZla8-O_qH8 and view the short film ‘Joining the Independent Monitoring Board’ and hear current IMB Members talking about their role.

How to Apply

applicants can find further information and apply online via the IMB website https://www.imb.org.uk/join-now/current-vacancies/ In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact imb@justice.gov.uk in the first instance.

1056/North & Midlands/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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