Recruitment competition launched for Independent Monitoring Board members

Date published: 13 September 2018


The Department of Justice has launched a recruitment competition to appoint a minimum of 20 members to the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB).

The IMB is an independent statutory body whose role is to monitor the treatment of prisoners and the conditions of their imprisonment in Northern Ireland’s prisons and young offenders centre. 

The Boards are made up of unpaid members of the community who fulfil their duties by carrying out regular visits to establishments.  Members are initially appointed for a period of three years, with a possibility of re-appointment for a further two terms, up to a maximum of nine years.

IMB Members can be retired, of working age or students. They can be looking to develop new skills and gain new experiences, or seeking to use the skills they already have to help others.  They require no particular qualifications, but should be concerned about the well-being of others and committed to diversity, equality and human rights.  Anyone meeting these criteria is encouraged to apply.

There are three Boards, one for each of the prisons in Northern Ireland:

  • Hydebank Wood College and Women’s Prison;
  • Maghaberry Prison; and
  • Magilligan Prison.

The IMB is independent from the Prison Service.

Four short videos, each highlighting the role of four different IMB members, can be viewed at:

Applications close at 12:00 midday on Friday 5 October 2018.  For more information call: 028 9052 8210 or 028 9052 8122.

Notes to editors: 


1.  For candidate information packs and application forms visit IMB Recruitment

Copies are also available as follows:

Telephone: 028 9052 8210 or 028 9052 8122



By writing to:          

IMB Recruitment
Room A4.17a
Castle Buildings
Stormont Estate

2.  It is anticipated that Members will be appointed from 1 April 2019.

3.  IMB members are volunteers and do not receive remuneration for time spent on IMB business.  Reasonable travel and subsistence is payable at Northern Ireland Civil Service rates.

4.  IMB members are expected to carry out two or three prison visits approximately every four weeks as per agreed rota, subject to a full complement of members being available.  Members often dedicate more time to the role.

5.  Most duties are undertaken between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.  Whilst on rota, Members may occasionally be called in at any time day or night to monitor serious incidents such as riots or death in custody.

6.  Further details of the responsibilities and personal qualities required are contained in the Candidate Information Pack, which should be read in conjunction with the press advertisement.  The Candidate Information Pack and Application Form can be provided in alternative formats and applicants requiring assistance will be facilitated on request.

7.  Applicants are expected to undertake a familiarisation visit to a prison ahead of interview.

8.  The Department of Justice is committed to the principles of public appointments based on merit with openness and transparency of process. The Department is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all applicants. Applications are welcomed regardless of age, gender, disability, marital status, religion, ethnic origin, political opinion, sexual orientation or whether or not you have dependants.  

9.  All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office 028 9052 6444. Out of office hours, please contact the duty press officer on 028 9037 8110.

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