Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) at Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre.

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Tinsley House IRC, Perimeter Road South, Gatwick Airport, West Sussex, RH6 0PQ; Brook House IRC, Perimeter Road South, Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, RH6 0PQ
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3
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.
Closing Date: 27/12/2020 00:00
Interviews: TBC – anticipated February 2021 onwards. We regret that we cannot reimburse expenses incurred in attending familiarisation visits or interviews. 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.

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the IMB Tinsley House Board, to help to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Person Specification

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience. However, you will need to undertake Counter Terrorism Checks (CTC), for which possession of a current passport is required, if successful.

We will provide all necessary training and support. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within 30 miles of IRC Tinsley House.

You need to be enthusiastic, open-minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgment.

Additional Information

This role consists of the monitoring of two Immigration facilities, Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre, now used as a short-term holding facility and Brook House Immigration Removal Centre. These are privately managed detention centres operated by Serco on behalf of the Home Office. Currently members are appointed as dual boarders to both Tinsley House IRC and to Brook House IRC.

Applicants should be aware that in the near future a new IMB Gatwick will be formed to monitor both Brook House and Tinsley House. Appointments for all new and existing board members will be transferred to the merged Gatwick IMB.

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/.

Reference number: 1086/Tinsley House/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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