Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) members are local people who volunteer at a prison or immigration removal centre in their area. They visit the establishment on a regular basis to check that proper standards of care and decency are maintained.

You can contact the IMB Secretariat General Enquiry line on 020 3334 3265.

Alternatively, you can write to us at Our address is:

IMB Secretariat

10 South Colonnade


E14 4PU

Prisoners’ friends and family

If you want to contact IMB about a prisoner or a detainee, go to more information for friends and family members.

Apply to join an IMB

If you would like to apply to join an IMB near you, go to our current vacancies page.

Existing IMB members

Contact IMB Secretariat’s general enquiries