Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre and/or Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) to also undertake monitoring of removals from the UK by Charter Flights.

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: Heathrow IRC, A4 Colnbrook by Pass, West Drayton, UB7 0FX, and /or Yarl’s Wood IRC, Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Road, Milton Earnest, Bedford, MK44 1FD
Number of Vacancies: up to 4
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 to 4 visits per month plus a minimum of two overseas flights per year. In addition, a Board meeting is held each month at the IRC on the 2nd Monday of every month from 1.30 – 4.30pm for Yarl’s Wood and on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Heathrow 6 – 8pm. There is also the requirement to meet with other members of the CFMT 3 times a year.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    TBC January 2020

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience as we will provide all necessary training and support. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approx. 30 miles of their nearest centre (Please note: There are limited public transport options available for travel to Yarl’s Wood). You need to be enthusiastic, open-minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgement.

Person Specification

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the Charter Flight Monitoring Team (CFMT), the home establishments for these roles will be at either IMB Heathrow or IMB Yarl’s Wood helping to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained whilst in detention or being removed by Charter Flights from the UK.

Additional Information

Yarl’s Wood IRC is a fully-contained residential centre housing adult women and adult family groups awaiting immigration clearance. Heathrow IRC comprises two separate sites known as Harmondsworth and Colnbrook, both sites primarily house adult male detainees with a small 18 bed facility at Colnbrook housing adult women. Members of the CFMT monitor whether proper standards of care and decency are maintained during the removal process. 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 work an average of 4 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 prison or 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 the 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.

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