Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre (IRC)

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Dungavel House IRC, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, ML10 6RF
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 5 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. You will also be required to attend 9 monthly board meetings per year.
Closing Date: 29/05/2022 00:00
Interviews: TBC – anticipated June 2022 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 IMB Dungavel House helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

Person Specification

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support. However, if successful, you will need to undertake Counter Terrorism Checks (CTC), for which possession of a current passport is required. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approx. 40 miles of the Detention Centre. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Additional Information

Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre is situated 6 miles from Strathaven in South Lanarkshire and accommodates 249 men and women. Dungavel usually holds those being detained under immigration powers on arrival or pending their departure from the UK. 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 complete an average of 3 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 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 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.

How to Apply

applicants can find further information and apply online via the IMB website In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact in the first instance.
Reference Number: 1235/Dungavel House/2022 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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