IMB members are independent, unpaid and work an average of 3-4 visits per month. Their role is to monitor the day-to-day life in their local prison or removal centre and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. To see a map of prison establishments use the Prison FinderRead more about us
Inside every prison, immigration removal centre and some short term holding facilities at airports, there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) – a group of ordinary members of the public doing an extraordinary job.Learn more >
Heathrow holding rooms require better facilities for children and other vulnerable individuals held for long periods
In its annual report on the short-term holding facilities the Heathrow Airport IMB welcomes the fact that although conditions in the holding rooms have been considerably improved, they still fail to provide satisfactory overnight sleeping accommodation at a time when lengths of detention for some people have become unacceptably long: Nearly two thousand people were …
Read the report in full here.
Enforced removal of people from the UK on chartered flights continues to involve excessive use of restraints on some
The worst case was on 13th June 2017 when everyone removed to Germany was put in restraint from the start, regardless of individual risk assessments. That was an operation arranged under the provisions of the Dublin Convention. The Independent Monitoring Boards Charter Flight Monitoring Team (IMB CFMT) wrote to the Minister on 29th June expressing …