The Department of Justice is seeking to appoint a minimum of 9 members to the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Northern Ireland. The role of an IMB member is to monitor the treatment of prisoners and the conditions of their imprisonment.

Please see below for further information on the role and how to apply.



INDEPENDENT MONITORING BOARD
APPOINTMENT OF NEW MEMBERS (VOLUNTARY APPOINTMENTS)

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The Department of Justice is seeking to appoint a minimum of 9 members to the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Northern Ireland. The role of an IMB member is to monitor the treatment of prisoners and the conditions of their imprisonment. The IMB is made up of unpaid volunteers who carry out their duties by making regular visits to either Maghaberry Prison, Magilligan Prison or Hydebank Wood College and Women's Prison.

No formal qualifications are required for this role. It is more important that volunteers are empathetic, open minded, effective communicators and have the ability to make sound, objective judgements. Members must be resident in Northern Ireland to enable them to fully carry out the duties of this role. This is a challenging, yet rewarding role, requiring direct access to all parts of the prison and to prisoners. IMB members get the chance to make a positive impact on prisoners during their time in custody. As a minimum, you will be required to be on rota at least one in every four weeks and may need to visit the prison several times during that week. You will also have to attend a monthly meeting at the prison which is held during normal office hours.

We encourage people from all sections of the community to apply and would particularly welcome applicants from an ethnic minority background, those who have a disability, and young people, as they are all currently under represented on the IMB.

Further information, including the candidate information pack and an application form can be downloaded from the Department of Justice website at Recruitment for Independent Monitoring Board Members | Department of Justice (justice-ni.gov.uk)

Alternatively you can request an application form by emailing imbrecruitment@justice-ni.gov.uk, or writing to us at:

IMB Recruitment
Department of Justice
Room A4.17a
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate
Belfast
BT4 3SG

The deadline for receipt of applications is NOON Thursday 17th November 2022

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

We particularly welcome applications from ethnic minorities, people with a disability and young people, who are currently under-represented on the IMB