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

Body: Independent Monitoring Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: Waterside Court, Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2QB and Vulcan House, Riverside Entrance, 6 Millsands, Sheffield S3 8NU
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx 3 to 4 visits per month, which 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: 24/06/2018 00:00
Interviews: TBC – anticipated July 2018 onwards

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.

Person Specification

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.

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 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.

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 providing 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: 807/North & Midlands/2018 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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