March 2018

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Northern Ireland needs new members and will be launching a recruitment campaign shortly. There are vacancies on the IMB Boards of all three prison establishments.

What do IMB Members do?

Members play a critical role in ensuring the welfare and well-being of prisoners. They have unrestricted access to their allocated prison at any time but most duties are undertaken between 08.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday. They listen to prisoners concerns and consider prisoners’ requests and complaints ranging from simple matters like visits through to serious allegations like bullying. They may bring any matter to the attention of the Prison Governor or the Justice Minister where appropriate. Members may also be called in as monitors if a serious situation arises in the prison.

What does it take to be an IMB Member?

Members come from all backgrounds, cover a wide range of ages and have a diverse combination of skills and experiences. We are looking for people who are open-minded and committed to diversity, equality and human rights.

No formal qualifications are required but we need people who have the following attributes and skills –

  • good communication skills;
  • ability to accurately assess situations and draw relevant conclusions;
  • ability to build and maintain relationships;
  • ability to work constructively as part of a team; and
  • basic IT skills.

As members may be required to travel to establishments at short notice only applicants who live in Northern Ireland will be considered and access to a form of transport is essential.

Time Commitment

IMB members usually carry out two or three visits approximately every four weeks as per an agreed rota, attend a minimum of 9 monthly board meetings a year, and attend training events as required. Whilst you are on rota you may also be called in at any time of day or night to monitor serious incidents such as riots or deaths in custody.

How long will I be appointed for?

Appointments will be for the period of three years until 31 March 2019 with the possibility of two further re-appointments up to a maximum of 9 years.

Reserve List

A reserve list will be retained for a period of 2 years to fill any vacancies that may arise during that period.

Will I get paid?

No - These are unpaid voluntary posts but all reasonable travelling expenses will be paid.

How do I apply?

For more information on what the IMBs do and how to join them you can download a candidate information pack and application form here:

Alternatively these can be requested by e-mailing, by telephoning 02890 522366 or by writing to:

Independent Monitoring Board,
Room A4. 17a,
Castle Buildings

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