Youth Justice Volunteer Opportunities

Panel Members Are Volunteers from the local community who receive training and support from the Youth Offending Team to chair panels for young people who are sentenced by Court to a Referral Order.

 

Youth Justice Volunteer Opportunities

Panel Members

  • Are Volunteers from the local community who receive training and support from the Youth Offending Team to chair panels for young people who are sentenced by Court to a Referral Order.

Panels:

  • Give the community a say in creating effective programmes to ensure young people who offend repair the harm and are given help and support to prevent further offending
  • The panels are a way of dealing with young people who have offended to provide young people and their families on opportunity to speak for themselves (rather than through legal representation).

Panel Members help by:

  • Reducing crime in the local area
  • Making communities safer
  • Ensure victims are listened to
  • Making a positive different to young people

Panel members will need to commit to approximately 3 hours a month plus any additional training which maybe required.  Currently Panel Meetings are been delivered virtually via TEAMS.  Any support that may be needed will be available through the Youth Offending Team.

 

About the panel

A young person will attend an initial panel meeting if they have been given a Referral Order by the Court.  Referral Orders are given to 10-17 year olds who plead guilty on a first-time conviction unless the charge is serious enough to warrant custody.

A youth justice panel consists of two volunteers recruited from the community, alongside one member of the Youth Offending Team.  The panel will meet with the young person and their parents or guardians to talk about how they feel now about what has happened and agree a tailored-made contract aimed at putting things right so that they are able to move on with their life and reduce the risk of any further offending.   

The victim is encouraged to attend the meeting with support to tell the young person how the crime has affected them.

The contract may include a letter of apology to the victim and some reparation in the community.  It will also include sessions and activities to reduce further offending this may be delivered on a 1:1 basis or in a group setting, such as supporting young people back into education and exploring any other interests that they may have.  Relevant referrals can also be made to external services such as drug and alcohol services.  The contract is supervised by the Youth Offending Team and reviewed at Panel Meetings.  The conviction is spent when the order is successfully completed.  If the young person fails to comply the case is sent back to court and a different sentence maybe given.

 

To find out more please contact Stephanie Green on 01709 255678 or send an email to [email protected] with a brief explanation of why you think you would be a good volunteer for the Youth Offending Team and your contact details and one of the team will be in touch.