Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at: Kent Coast Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF) South and East Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF) London Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF) North West and Midlands Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF) North East Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humberside Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF) Scotland and Northern Ireland Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF) IMB South and West Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF)

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Kent Coast STHF: Kent Intake Unit (KIU) and Western Jet Foil, Eastern Docks, Dover, CT16 1JA Manston STHF - Manston Rd, Ramsgate CT12 5BS South and East STHF: Gatwick Airport South - RH6 0NP/Gatwick Airport North - RH6 0PJ Lunar House, Croydon - CR9 2BY Luton Airport - LU2 9LY Stansted Airport - CM24 1QW Felixstowe Port - IP11 3SY Harwich Port - CO12 4SX Southend airport - SS2 6YF Purfleet Port - RM19 1RP Tilbury Port - RM18 7LA London STHF: London Heathrow Airport - UB3 5EY London City Airport - E16 2PB Eaton House - TW4 5DL Becket House - SE1 3QU Cayley House - TW6 1QG North West and Midlands STHF: Holyhead Port - LL65 2BU Manchester airport - M90 1QX Birmingham airport - B26 3QZ North East Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humberside STHF: Immingham Port - DN40 2LZ Teesport - TS6 6UD Killingholme Port - DN40 3JP Hull Port - HU9 5PR Swinderby STHF - LN6 9PT Leeds Bradford airport - LS19 7TU Leeds - Waterside Court - LS4 2QB Doncaster Sheffield airport - DN9 3XA Sheffield - Vulcan House - S3 8NU Scotland and Northern Ireland STHF IMB : Glasgow Airport - PA3 2TD Glasgow festival court - G51 1DH Glasgow Prestwick Airport - KA9 2PL Edinburgh Airport - EH12 9DN Aberdeen Airport - AB21 7DU Larne Ho (NI) - BT40 1UR Drumkeen Ho (NI) - BT8 6TB South and West STHF: Bristol Airport - BS48 3DY Cardiff Airport - CF62 3BD Newhaven Port - BN9 0DF Poole Port - BH15 4AJ Portsmouth International Port - PO2 8SP
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: IMB Kent Coast up to 10 vacancies. IMB South and East up to 8 vacancies. IMB London up to 4 vacancies. IMB North West and Midlands up to 7 vacancies. IMB North East Midlands, Yorkshire, and Humberside up to 10 vacancies. IMB Scotland and Northern Ireland IMB up to 5 vacancies. IMB South and West up to 4 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. This can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual. Each Board also meets regularly, once per month either remotely, in person or a hybrid of both. This meeting can be held within working hours, however boards can be flexible to meet the needs of members

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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 40 miles, or within a reasonable distance for travel, of their nearest Holding Room.

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 in various Short Term Holding Facilities across the UK to help to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained for those detained in Holding Rooms in airports, ports and reporting centres.

Although each IMB monitors multiple locations, you will generally be allocated to your nearest facility.

Additional Information

The role of a STHF IMB is to monitor and report on the welfare of people in immigration custody through observation of their treatment and of the premises in which they are held. You may also be called upon to monitor an immigration reporting centre and, if monitoring an airport, the welfare of people being removed from the country. New Board Members will join existing Members of the Board, spending time each month visiting the airport or port, talking to detainees and staff, and attending the monthly Board Meeting.

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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