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Volunteering With Your Local Young Offenders Team

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 20 Feb 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Volunteering to work with your local youth offending team is a way of enabling you to make a really valid contribution to your local community. Youth crime is, perhaps, one of the biggest issues facing many of the UK’s cities and suburbs in particular, although young people can get into trouble anywhere.

By helping out as a volunteer with your local youth offending team you will also be helping the fight against youth crime as well as, perhaps, even exerting a positive influence on previous youth offenders who have gone on to lead reformed and productive lives outside the world of crime so you can gain a great sense of achievement by volunteering to help.

Voluntary Roles Within The Youth Offending Team

There are many different areas within the youth justice system in which you could offer your services as a volunteer. Here are just some examples:

  • Resettlement and after care provision – helping juvenile ex-offenders when they re-enter the community after a period in a young offenders institute. Advising them on finding employment and housing, for example
  • Mentoring – you would meet up with young offenders once or twice a week, perhaps and basically listen to what they have to say. Although without qualifications, you shouldn’t be looking to offer rigid advice or solutions, you can help by simply being a sounding board to their problems as well as generally offering them support and by leading by example
  • Support in education and sports – you may wish to get involved with coaching ex-offenders’ sports teams or helping them with basic reading, writing and maths skills
  • Youth Offending Panel – by sitting on this panel usually with another volunteer and a member of the youth offending team staff, you will have the opportunity to talk to the youth in question and to their parents (where possible) to try to reach some kind of written agreement as to the proposed future behaviour and conduct of the youth him or herself
  • Appropriate adult – this is where, by law, an adult is needed to supervise any police questioning of a youth in relation to a particular crime and their alleged involvement in it, if another adult (usually a parent) is not available or, in some cases, is the alleged victim.

Training As A Volunteer With The Youth Offending Team

If you wish to get involved as a volunteer with your local youth offending team, you must be at least 18 and you will be given thorough training. As well as several days intensive training covering the likes of communication and intervention techniques, understanding youth in relation to criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, you will also have the opportunity to go on and study other courses and to attend specialist workshops.

It could even lead to you undertaking the Effective Practice Mini Award which could provide you with an entry point into the National Qualifications framework. Therefore, if you are thinking of pursuing a career within youth related law or social work, becoming a volunteer with your local youth offending team is a very good way of gaining some valuable knowledge and experience as well as it providing a gateway to higher education.

Personal Qualities Needed To Work With Youth Offenders

Some of the personal qualities which will be required if you decide that you want to volunteer with your local youth offending team will include excellent interpersonal skills (especially good listening skills) and the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds. You’re also going to need tact, diplomacy, patience and a respect for confidentiality as well as being sensitive to a youth’s problems no matter how trivial or serious they might appear to you to be. You’ll also be an effective team worker and flexible and reliable.

Working as a volunteer with your local youth offending team can be extremely challenging but, ultimately, rewarding and you can find out more how to get involved locally alongside plenty of other useful information by visiting the Youth Justice Board’s website.

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I am a full time student studying criminology with sociology and I am looking for some work to work with offenders in east London.
Tasnim Yasmin - 20-Feb-17 @ 4:16 PM
Hi, I amFull-term law student studying in London. I am looking for voluntary work with young people. I have previous experience in working with young people and having grown up in a bad environment myself, I believe I could be really helpful. I am a good listener and I am able to provide useful advice, having helped a relative that suffers from ADHD by talking to them, listening to them and helping in terms education eg reading, I believe could be a useful candidate. If there are any available voluntary work in London please respond back to via email. Kind regards
Kristal - 2-Feb-17 @ 10:37 PM
Im a student at the University of lincoln studying Forensic Psychology - I am looking for some relevant voluntary work with youth offenders!
Doug - 19-Jan-17 @ 12:10 PM
Hi My Name is Shane I live in Hatfield in Hertfordshire. I was raised in Hatfield by my Father as my Mother left me and my Brother. My Grandmother & Grandad were also helping my Father with myself and my Brother. At the age of about 9 years old I had my first cigarette,Shoplifting and hanging around the streets with other lads and my brother. I then got in with the wrong crowd and in 2003 I spent 6mths in Prison and in April 2004 when I came out of prison I said to myself enough was enough so I moved away from the area. I am now back living in Hatfield and if I can give advice or support to youths that a life of crime doesn't get you anywhere in life.I am available as and when needed if I can be of any help to youths in my area then please get in contact with me and we can discuss it.Regards S. Scott.
Scotty - 13-Jan-17 @ 2:48 PM
Hi interested in working with young offenders team in Walthamstow like to do some volunteering any one no where I can start detialof any places in the area
Tree - 12-Jan-17 @ 9:30 AM
Bryn - Your Question:
Hi,at the age of 14 I became homeless,prison drugs ect,I've been there and had a pretty horrendous life,I've got it together now I'm now 62!!yes and still alive! My life has been good for the past 7years and have heaps of empathy with people who are in the same situation ad I was,I'm a great listener and have lots of Patience, iid love to be of help in some way ,I live near Norwich.can you help please?

Our Response:
A couple of places you could try in Norwich are:
Foodcycle Norwich
Emmaus Norwich
VoluntaryWorker - 15-Dec-16 @ 1:57 PM
Hi,at the age of 14 I became homeless,prison drugs ect,I've been there and had a pretty horrendous life,I've got it together now I'm now 62!!yes and still alive! My life has been good for the past 7years and have heaps of empathy with people who are in the same situation ad I was,I'm a great listener and have lots of Patience, iid love to be of help in some way ,I live near Norwich.can you help please?
Bryn - 14-Dec-16 @ 7:14 PM
hi I've been doing my own kind of freelance mentoring and work with the local youths where I live in West Norwood now for roughly 4 years and have made quite a few positive steps with the individuals thst come to me I've also written a book on relationships between teens and parents under the roof...which I hope to get published soon but I'm very interested in now joining with an active up and running organisation and wondered how to go about it..I believe I would be a valued addition to any team and I have come from a troublesome back ground and have turned it all around which was far from easy but the hardness is what made it become who I am now and I would simply like to be part of any organisation that is serious about tackling the problem.of youth offending....
bionic steve - 7-Dec-16 @ 1:45 PM
Nicky - Your Question:
Hi I'm NicholaCurrently doing a sociology degree, and I want to with with young offenders rehabilitation in a prison. Where could I look for placements.

Our Response:
An internet search is a good place to start. Try a search such as "Young offenders volunteering", together with your location. You could also ask at your local council to see if there are any volunteer opportunities for youth mentors etc
VoluntaryWorker - 30-Nov-16 @ 10:38 AM
Hi I'm Nichola Currently doing a sociology degree, and I want to with with young offenders rehabilitation in a prison. Where could I look for placements.
Nicky - 29-Nov-16 @ 2:02 AM
I work as a security officer in north yorkshire. I am looking for a change of career and have found that anything i have been involved in regarding youth related crime has been rewarding . I am very much a people person and good at building rapor very quickly . I do not have any degree level education , but at age 40 with a varied work history and a father . I feel i havevast life experience to pass on to people . Any information would be appreciated
rich - 17-Nov-16 @ 8:13 PM
Hi I've recently started my b-tech level 3 and wish to do some volunteer work as part of my placement. This is one of my career choices so would appreciate the opportunity of having that experience Carol 17-11-16
Punkie - 17-Nov-16 @ 3:11 PM
Blue - Your Question:
Hi my names Emma, I'm 30 years old and for the last 10years have gone thought a very colourful path of good and bad choices and I feel I'm at a point in my life where I'd like to give back, I've always used self help and positives mechanisms to help me get past the bad times and with my attitude and ways of thinking and explaining things I think I could possibly help.I'm not collage educated or uni but I know a little bit about a lot :) I'd love to hear from you if you think I'd be of any service.Thank you

Our Response:
You've not told us which area you're from, but try an internet search for "youth mentoring volunteer opportunities" and your location. This should bring up a few organisations you can contact directly.
VoluntaryWorker - 17-Nov-16 @ 10:04 AM
Hi my names Emma, I'm 30 years old and for the last 10years have gone thought a very colourful path of good and bad choices and I feel I'm at a point in my life where I'd like to give back, I've always used self help and positives mechanisms to help me get past the bad times and with my attitude and ways of thinking and explaining things I think I could possibly help. I'm not collage educated or uni but i know a little bit about a lot :) I'd love to hear from you if you think I'd be of any service. Thank you
Blue - 16-Nov-16 @ 10:44 AM
Georgia- Your Question:
Hi, I am looking for voluntary work with young people, either within the criminal justice system or who just needs a mentor for support. I am a very kind natures person and have a lot of time for people to listen to their issues and try to come to a solution that suits them best. I am looking for a role in he midlands area, around Stafford, Telford or Wolverhampton. Please contact me via my email, thank you.

Our Response:
Here are a few places to try:
Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation
Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services.
SOVA Opportunties for volunteers for mentors to help young people build crime-free lives
VoluntaryWorker - 7-Nov-16 @ 11:52 AM
Hi, I am looking for voluntary work with young people, either within the criminal justice system or who just needs a mentor for support. I am a very kind natures person and have a lot of time for people to listen to their issues and try to come to a solution that suits them best. I am looking for a role in he midlands area, around Stafford, Telford or Wolverhampton. Please contact me via my email, thank you.
Georgia - 5-Nov-16 @ 9:50 AM
Hi my name is Jarrod, I am 37 and I'm interested in getting involved with voluntary work based around my studies. My interests and experiences are around substance misuse and resettlement. Please send me some info. Kind regards
jaa rude - 26-Oct-16 @ 4:24 PM
how do you apply to volunteer?
Olivia - 20-Oct-16 @ 9:53 PM
Hi everyone I was wondering about any information regarding becoming a volunteer within the youth offending teams in the Wirral area. I am at college studying humanities and social science but my main goal is to eventually work within this area. Please feel free to contact me with any information regarding this With thanks Leighanne mcgarrity-barnes
leighb - 11-Oct-16 @ 9:00 PM
Hi, I'm looking for some work experience around torfean area working with young offenders. I'm in my 2nd year of college and need to do as many hours as I can. I'm very interested in this field of work and also looking to do criminology in university, therefore this would be good experience for that too. Hope to hear back from you soon. Thank you Jordan symonds
Jordan symonds - 11-Oct-16 @ 2:27 PM
Hi, i am currently in my second year of university, studying Working with children, young people and families at Newman University in Birmingham. I am very interested in working with young offenders and i would like to volunteer to gain more experience within the work setting to give me a much bigger picture of working with young offenders. I am currently 19 and i do have a DBS check and i am very keen to start volunteering in January 2017. Thank you.
Anisha - 8-Oct-16 @ 2:05 PM
Hi I am looking at volunteering maybe as an appropriate adult of another role in the YOT area. I am in Leyland so looking in the south ribble area. Could yoy asvice me please? Thank you
Mandy - 7-Oct-16 @ 2:22 PM
Clarissa - Your Question:
Hi, I am Clarissa. I am currently a full time student looking for voluntary work with young people in London. I have a kind and understanding nature. I believe I can help these young people with gaining better lives. I will help them by listening to them and give them advice when they need it. Please contact me via email. Thanks.

Our Response:
There is a list of London Youth Offending teams here.
Or you could try looking for individual roles such as Volunteer Team London
VoluntaryWorker - 6-Oct-16 @ 12:25 PM
I'm a full time student and I'm really interested in volunteering to help young offenders. I'm studying counselling, coaching and mentoring. I believe I am suitable for this as I have studied health and social care and know the importance of confidentiality and active listening. I am looking for something within the York and Ryedale area
Laura - 5-Oct-16 @ 11:27 PM
Hi I am goingto go and study psychology an would like to know how to volunteer in Wolverhampton with youth offenders please . Thank you
Nadz - 5-Oct-16 @ 9:37 PM
Hi, I am Clarissa. I am currently a full time student looking for voluntary work with young people in London. I have a kind and understanding nature. I believe I can help these young people with gaining better lives. I will help them by listening to them and give them advice when they need it. Please contact me via email. Thanks.
Clarissa - 4-Oct-16 @ 11:08 PM
Hi, I am looking for volunteer work with Youth Justice. Please could you tell if there is any vacancies in the Hertfordshire or Middlesex area? Many Thanks
Kim - 4-Oct-16 @ 8:26 PM
Hi, I'm in my second year of uni studying criminology and I would like to volunteer with the Young Offenders Team around Hendon or Camden. Does anyone know of I place I can go to ? Thank you
Marta - 4-Oct-16 @ 12:27 PM
Hello I'm currently in my second year of uni studying working with and I am looking to volunteer with youth probation mentoring in the Worcestershire area, is there anywhere near?
Lib - 3-Oct-16 @ 7:53 PM
Laus - Your Question:
I am a current year one social work student and I am looking for voluntary work in the Nottingham/Nottinghamshire area (would considerror Derby too). I'd really like to volunteer in the youth offenders sector if anyone knows of anywhere with openings?

Our Response:
Try contacting the youth offending teams directly...there is a list here
VoluntaryWorker - 30-Sep-16 @ 1:51 PM
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