Member - Volunteers needed on the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for the Immigration Short Term Holding Facilities (STHF’s) at Manchester Airport and Salford

Body: Independent Monitoring Board (IMB)
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sectors: Judicial, Prison & Policing, Prison & Policing, Regulation
Location: Manchester Airport, Manchester M90 1QX; Manchester 302, Manchester Airport, M90 4AG; Dallas Court Reporting Centre, Salford, M50 2GF
Skills required: Regulation
Number of Vacancies: 3 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. Members are expected to attend Board Meetings, which are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 13:00 to 15:00 at a location near to Manchester Airport.
Closing Date: 08/11/2020 00:00
Interviews: TBC – anticipated November 2020 onwards. 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 a new volunteer to join the IMB North & Midlands STHF Board, to help to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained for those detained in Immigration Holding Rooms in the Manchester area.

Applicants do not need any special qualifications or experience; however, you will need to undertake Counter Terrorism Checks (CTC) if successful. 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 Facility. You need to be enthusiastic, open-minded, possess effective communication skills and have the ability to exercise sound, objective judgment.

Person Specification

We are currently looking for a new volunteer to join the IMB North & Midlands STHF Board, to help to ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained for those detained in Immigration Holding Rooms in the Manchester area.

Additional Information

The North & Midlands STHF IMB covers a wide geographical area – this vacancy is specifically for members to assist with the monitoring of the Residential Short-Term Holding Facility close to Manchester Airport, and also the airside Holding Rooms in Manchester Airport. Members will need access to their own computing facilities, and will need to be familiar with the use of email, and basic Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. 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 www.imb.org.uk to find out how being an IMB Member can benefit you. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZla8-O_qH8 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 https://www.imb.org.uk/join-now/current-vacancies/ In exceptional circumstances a paper copy of the application may be possible applicants should contact imb@justice.gov.uk in the first instance.

1057/North & Midlands/2020 (to be quoted in all correspondence and on application form)

This post is NOT regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments.

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