Member - Volunteers needed on Independent Monitoring Boards (IMB) at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre (IRC)

Announced
Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Yarl’s Wood IRC, Twinwoods Business Park, Thurleigh Road, Milton Earnest, Bedford, MK44 1FD
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: up to 2 vacancies
Remuneration: Unremunerated though reasonable expenses will be re-imbursed
Time Requirements: Approx. 3 to 4 visits per month during probation year, which then reduces to 2 to 3 visits per month and this, can be flexible depending on the needs of the Board and the individual.. A Board meeting is held on the 2nd Monday of every month from 1.30 – 4.30pm.
Closing Date: 03/03/2019 00:00
Interviews: TBC (We regret that we cannot reimburse expenses incurred in attending familiarisation visits or interviews).

Vacancy Description

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join IMB Yarl’s Wood 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. Candidates need to be over 18 years of age and live within approx. 20 miles of the 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.

Additional Information

Yarl’s Wood IRC is a fully-contained residential centre housing adult women and adult family groups awaiting immigration clearance. 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 www.imb.org.uk to find out how being an IMB member can benefit you. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuQ4WxirPlg and view the short film ‘Joining the Independent Monitoring Board’ and hear current IMB members talking about their role.

How to Apply

An application pack along with further details on how to apply is available from http://www.imb.org.uk/join-now/current-vacancies/ Completed applications should be emailed to IMBrecruitment@justicei.gov.uk by the closing date.

Reference Number:           917/Yarl’s Wood/2019 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

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