Using this website

The Independent Monitoring Board is responsible for the content of this website. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the technical aspects.

We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate the website using just a keyboard

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

What to do if you can’t access part of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format, you can contact us:

IMB Secretariat

Third Floor, Post Point 2

10 South Colonnade


E14 4PU



Reporting accessibility problems

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact giving details of the issue and any assistive technology you are using.


Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Ministry of Justice is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliance issues listed below.


Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non compliance with the accessibility regulations

  • the label for the search bar is missing (this fails WCAG 3.3.2 labels or instructions)
  • there is no ‘skip to content’ main option (this fails WCAG 2.4.1 bypass blocks)

keyboard navigation focus is unclear (this fails WCAG 2.4.7 focus visible)
  • current vacancies page tabs through the right-hand side of the page before the left-hand side
 (this fails WCAG 2.4.3 focus order, and 3.2.3 consistent navigation)
  • current vacancies page requires side scrolling to view full page
 when zoomed (this fails WCAG 1.4.4 resize text, and 1.4.8 visual presentation)
  • link text doesn’t always provide a meaningful description of its purpose or destination
 (this fails WCAG 2.4.4 link purpose (in context), and 2.4.9 link purpose (link only))
  • headings do not always follow the correct hierarchy (this fails WCAG 1.3.2 meaningful sequence and 3.2.3 consistent navigation)
  • section headings and file headings are not always descriptive or helpful (this fails WCAG 2.4.6 headings and labels)
  • it’s not always clear that links on the home page open PDFs or other documents (this fails WCAG 2.4.6 headings and labels)
  • transcripts are not provided for videos and audio files
 (this fails WCAG 1.1.1 non-text content)
  • alternative text for images is not always helpful (this fails WCAG 1.1.1 non-text content)
  • the colour of the search bar on the banner image text on the homepage and the “sort by” button on the current vacancies page does not have sufficient contrast (this fails WCAG 1.4.1 use of color)
  • PDF documents may not all be accessible. Headings, list items and paragraphs may not be recognised by a screen reader (this fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (info and relationships).

Disproportionate burden

Not applicable

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations


PDFs and other documents

We know that some of our older documents (published before 23 September 2018) are not accessible.

View the accessible document policy of the organisation that published the document to report any problems or request documents in an alternative format.

How we tested this website

We have completed accessibility checks using keyboard testing and the WAVE automated testing tool. The tests on the website were carried out by the Ministry of Justice.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We will use findings from the accessibility review for the next major redevelopment of the website in 2021.

This statement was prepared on 29 June 2020.