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Volunteering With Your Local Young Offenders Team

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 22 Jun 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Youth Justice Young Youth Justice Board

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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Hello, I'm currently a psychology undergrad student and looking for volunteer opportunities in the Preston area. Preferably with youth offenders or victims of crime, just looking for a push in the right direction? Thank you
Stephanie - 22-Jun-17 @ 9:35 PM
Libby- Your Question:
Hi, my name is Libby I am a student social worker. I am interested in volunteering with young offenders in the Sutton area. I have been unsuccessful when applying for jobs and I think this is due to lack of experience. Please could you guide me in the right direction ? Many thanks

Our Response:
You could try:
Sutton Volunteer Centre
Sutton women's centre
Sutton CAB
VoluntaryWorker - 21-Jun-17 @ 10:46 AM
Hi, my name is Libby I am a student social worker. I am interested in volunteering with young offenders in the Sutton area. I have been unsuccessful when applying for jobs and I think this is due to lack of experience. Please could you guide me in the right direction ? Many thanks
Libby - 19-Jun-17 @ 10:04 AM
Alison - Your Question:
Hello. I am interested in volunteering in the Birmingham area with the youth team. I have experience volunteering with adults now I would like to try youth volunteering. Could you point me in the direction of who to contact. Many thanks

Our Response:
A couple to try are:
BVSC
St Basils
VoluntaryWorker - 6-Jun-17 @ 2:41 PM
Hello I would like to work with volunteering. I would like to work in the fire station, children and special needs I have training with fireand first Aid, my brothers is special needs , but live in Brasil and I liketo workwith childrens. Please, lets me knownwhat I need and where I need go ... Yours sincerely Debora
Debora - 5-Jun-17 @ 11:15 PM
Hello. I am interested in volunteering in the Birmingham area with the youth team. I have experience volunteering with adults now I would like to try youth volunteering. Could you point me in the direction of who to contact. Many thanks
Alison - 4-Jun-17 @ 5:23 PM
Hi I'm 31 and looking to help young ens / teens and support families in general with children or young adults with ADHD addictions stress or just general support and advice or a friend a shoulder to get out what's needs to be out confidentially! I'm feel ready now as I've been and suffered and now recovered from the worst imaginable life I've had since about 5 years old till now and I'm 31! You'd understand but too much to get into but that's the past I've 2 beautiful children now and I need and must help others as it means a lot to me to help others! Any advice anyone??
Karlos - 26-May-17 @ 1:27 PM
Good afternoon, I have finished my second year at BA level Youth Work Community Development. I'm looking to volunteer for this summer and potentially next year as well. Any advice on a centre or program I should look at.. Thank you very much
Michael - 24-May-17 @ 12:48 PM
Jess - Your Question:
Hi I am going into my second year of criminology in September and I am looking for some work experience with youth offenders over the summer. I'm from Newcastle so I was just wondering if there is any contact information???

Our Response:
Try:
Newcastle young offender panel
Newcastle Volunteer Cente
NEPACS
VoluntaryWorker - 23-May-17 @ 2:09 PM
natz - Your Question:
Hiya I'm from the west midlands and I'm looking to get into youth work and mentoring, not sure where to start looking so is it possible to get some shared information on possible courses or even volunteer work.thank you

Our Response:
Try one of the following organisations:
Mentorlink
Mosaic Network
Staffs and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation
VoluntaryWorker - 23-May-17 @ 1:49 PM
Hi I am going into my second year of criminology in September and I am looking for some work experience with youth offenders over the summer. I'm from Newcastle so I was just wondering if there is any contact information???
Jess - 22-May-17 @ 12:45 PM
hiya I'm from the west midlands and I'm looking to get into youth work and mentoring, not sure where to start looking so is it possible to get some shared information on possible courses or even volunteer work. thank you
natz - 22-May-17 @ 9:51 AM
Hi there I am really interested in finding voluntary work within the criminal justice system. Particularly working with offenders. I have enquired about become an appropriate adult but the next training session starts in Autum. Is there any other areas you can suggest I can apply to volunteer for? Many thanks
Sha - 10-May-17 @ 1:54 AM
Molly - Your Question:
Hiya everyone. Could anyone help me where I could find out volunteering at my local YOT I'm based in Romford Essex any advice on who I could contact would be amazing thank you x

Our Response:
Contact them directly. Here are the details:
Jonathan Taylor, Group Manager, Havering Youth Offending Team. Email: jonathan.taylor@havering.gov.uk, Phone: 01708 434 696
VoluntaryWorker - 5-May-17 @ 1:42 PM
J - Your Question:
Hi I am looking to do volunteering with young offenders in liverpool if anyone knows to I get involved with it ? Thanks

Our Response:
You could try contacting the Liverpool Youth Offending Service directly. The details are as follows: hannah.doughty@liverpool.gov.uk or phone: 0151 233 0693
or
approach one of the many organisations such as:
Youth justice resource hub
Trail Blazers Mentoring
VoluntaryWorker - 5-May-17 @ 9:50 AM
Hiya everyone .. Could anyone help me where I could find out volunteering at my local YOT I'm based in Romford Essex any advice on who I could contact would be amazing thank you x
Molly - 5-May-17 @ 3:40 AM
Hi I am looking to do volunteering with young offenders in liverpool if anyone knows to I get involved with it ? Thanks
J - 4-May-17 @ 8:38 AM
Rhe - Your Question:
Hi I'm a second year uni student looking to do a placement next year that must be criminal justice based. Is there any volunteer opportunities based in Birmingham / Midlands area

Our Response:
Try:
Time Bank
Independent Custody Visitors Association
Victim Support
VoluntaryWorker - 27-Apr-17 @ 11:48 AM
Hi I'm a second year uni student looking to do a placement next year that must be criminal justice based. Is there any volunteer opportunities based in Birmingham / Midlands area
Rhe - 25-Apr-17 @ 11:54 PM
Hi, I currently work with secondary school pupils, teaching them to read but would really like to do voluntary work, one day per week, teaching young offenders to read (ideally in the Croydon area). Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks, Jq
Jq - 19-Apr-17 @ 9:22 AM
Shiv - Your Question:
Hi there I am london based, south east london and would like to voulenteer mentoring young offenders - would you know of a good service to get intouch with.

Our Response:
Try:
Reach Out
Princes Trust
VInspired
VoluntaryWorker - 5-Apr-17 @ 10:53 AM
Hi there i am london based, south east london and would like to voulenteer mentoring young offenders - would you know of a good service to get intouch with.
Shiv - 3-Apr-17 @ 5:52 PM
Hello, I am currently employed full time but have always wanted to volunteer and give back to the community. I'm looking to volunteer with rehabilitation for youth offenders in London, preferably south or east London. Do you have any advice on where I could find out more information about this?
Vanessa - 28-Mar-17 @ 9:18 PM
Dee - Your Question:
I have a creative writing masters degree, english degree, a mentor certificate, and a TEFL. I am very interested in working with at risk and disadvantaged youths and young adults. I live in Brent London and wondered if there is any schemes that I can get on or if you have any inhouse knowledge of direct companiesd or organisations to contact. I have already tried searching the internet but I've not been successful with any direct contacts as yet. Please send me some information if possible.

Our Response:Give these a try
Action for Children
The Children's Society
Reach Out
VoluntaryWorker - 16-Mar-17 @ 11:34 AM
I'm looking forvolunteer work in Luton.I'm looking for experience and wanting to work as a Youth offending officer in the future.I will be studying criminal justice and criminology in uni soon.I'm currently working in an acute mental helath unit as a Life skills recovery worker in Luton.I would love to work with youno people and work together to help them make the right choice in life.
Onix1 - 15-Mar-17 @ 11:36 AM
I have a creative writing masters degree, english degree, a mentor certificate, and a TEFL. I am very interested in working with at risk and disadvantaged youths and young adults. I live in Brent London and wondered if there is any schemes that I can get on or if you have any inhouse knowledge of direct companiesd or organisations to contact. I have already tried searching the internet but I've not been successful with any direct contacts as yet. Please send me some information if possible.
Dee - 14-Mar-17 @ 12:24 PM
Hi I'm looking for volunteer youth work around LUTON, Milton Keynes and Bedford
Chaz - 12-Mar-17 @ 6:57 PM
Lynne - Your Question:
Hi, I'm looking for a voluntary position to help and support young offenders in the Newcastle/Durham area. I am interested in a change in career and I'm considering a degree in psychology. Any information would be greatly appreciated.Thankyou.

Our Response:
Try here to start with. They may also be able to tell you of other opportunities.
VoluntaryWorker - 10-Mar-17 @ 12:23 PM
Hi, I'm looking for a voluntary position to help and support young offenders in the Newcastle/Durham area. I am interested in a change in career and I'm considering a degree in psychology. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.
Lynne - 9-Mar-17 @ 4:27 PM
Hi, I have recently retired and would be interested in volunteering in the youth judicial system. I live in Newcastle and currently volunteer in a uniformed youth organisation which I have been involved with for over 50 years. Alfie
Alfie - 8-Mar-17 @ 4:36 PM
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