Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at Gatwick Stansted and Luton Airport Short Term Holding Facilities.

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: 1018/Gatwick Stansted and Luton STHF/2019 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)
Number of Vacancies: up to 6
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 to 4 visits per month during probation year which may reduce to 2 visits per month and this can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual

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Vacancy Description

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support; however, you will need to undertake Counter Terrorism Checks (CTC) if successful. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approx. 20 miles of their nearest Airport. You need to be enthusiastic, open minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement. You will also need to be aware that some of the people you talk to at the airport will be extremely distressed and unhappy that they cannot stay in the United Kingdom.

Person Specification

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the IMB Gatwick Stansted and Luton Airport board, Monitoring either Gatwick (including Lunar House Reporting Centre), Stansted or Luton Airport to help to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained for those detained in Holding Rooms in the airports and reporting centres.

Additional Information

The role of this IMB is to monitor and report on the welfare of people in immigration custody anywhere within these airports, through observation of their treatment and of the premises in which they are held. You will also monitor the welfare of people being removed from the country through the airports and a London immigration reporting centre: Lunar House. New Board Members will join existing Members of the Board, spending time each month visiting the airports, talking to detainees and airport staff, and attending the monthly Board Meeting held in Central London. 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

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