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Volunteering With Your Local Young Offenders Team

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 11 Oct 2019 | 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 a student of Criminology and I would love to start gaining some experience in this field. I have no problems in travelling as my main goal is to learn and put in practice what I am studying. What could I do? Thank you, Chiara.
_chiara - 11-Oct-19 @ 8:20 PM
I am currently studying a HE access to Criminology and Law course at Oldham college and want to go into the youth probation services are they any available volunteer places in Oldham or surrounding areas if so please could you get in touch. Thank you
Jane - 4-Oct-19 @ 8:50 PM
I want to be able to get in the experience of working in this type of environment and would like to know how if you can leave me know that would be great
Georgie - 26-Sep-19 @ 12:20 PM
hello my name is Katie can some one from this organisationplease email me I have some questions and I am hoping you maybe able to help me .
katie - 15-Aug-19 @ 8:55 PM
I am currently a masters student at The University of Liverpool studying criminology. I am looking to gain experience working with young offenders. I am a mature student with three teenage boys. I feel I could offer my personal skills to help young offenders deal with social situations that have led to there current status.
Jen - 25-Jun-19 @ 12:45 PM
Iam very interested in volunteering, in which I am available to start straight away. I would be particularly interested in volunteering for offenders in prisons or victim support. I am looking to volunteer in the Wigan area. I recently finished my degree in criminology and criminal justice, I believe this would give me an opportunity to learn and develope within this area. I have worked with adults with substance abuse and challenging behaviour for the past 5 years and would like to work within prison and probation work. Thanks Lisa
Lisa - 4-Jun-19 @ 7:57 AM
Hello. I am a retired (early) Secondary school teacher of almost 30 years, based in North Leeds, who would like to become involved in supporting young people through either education or mentoring in some form. My main roles within education have had a pastoral element and I feel I could make valuable contributions. Any help/advice gratefully received. Best wishes.
TC - 27-May-19 @ 12:52 PM
Hey I would really like to get involved with mentoring youth offenders. This is a problem close to my heart as I was once a youth offender myself. I realized the error of my ways and changed my life around. I am now a registered health care professional working for the NHS in a specialist senior role. I would love to use my life experiences to help someone else turn their life around like I was able to.
Scotty dog - 17-Jan-19 @ 12:03 AM
I would like to get involved working with young offenders please can you help me to get started Many thanks Angela
Angie - 16-Jan-19 @ 5:15 PM
Hi, I am a student currently in my last year studying Public Health. I am very interested in volunteering, in which I am available to start now. I would be particularly interested in volunteering for offenders in prisons or victim support. I am looking to Volunteer in the south-east area. Thank you.
Frances - 14-Dec-18 @ 3:05 PM
Hello, I am currently studying Psychology and looking for some practical experience. I am specifically interested in Clinical Psychology and therefore highly interested in volunteering in the Young Defenders Team. I have experience with working with children as a voluntary tutoress for children with learning disorders and difficulties. I am enthusiastic about helping and supporting younger children and always a kind and openhearted person that enjoys to work in a team. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also, I am more than happy to introduce myself in person.
nani - 25-Nov-18 @ 6:59 PM
I am currently completing my Masters in Forensic Psychology and would really like to get some experience working with offenders. I currently work with victims which I started voluntarily and was then taken onto the pay roll. Working with offenders is something that I have always been keen to do and feel very passionate about, especially as I am aware of the positive aspects that this can bring into their lives. If you have any voluntary work within the Manchester area that you think I would be suited too or that you could recommend too that would be fabulous. If you would require more information about my current work and skills, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Many thanks
Yaz - 14-Nov-18 @ 9:27 PM
I am a graduate in Criminology eagerly looking to gain some experience in the Youth Justice Sector within Hertfordshire. I feel so strongly that no young person is a loss cause and recognise that re-offending rates in this country paint a rather disturbing picture of young offenders and the Youth Justice System.I found looking into Criminogenic needs and social factors fascinating when looking into why young people offend and can clearly see the hurdles that arise with multi agency working - as you must with this group of vulnerable people. I would like to broaden my knowledge and understanding of how the different agencies work together in terms of crime prevention strategies and, at the other end of the spectrum, rehabilitating young offenders. I have a keen interest in Restorative Justice as a rehabilitative measure and would love to be a part of this relatively new, and up and coming method of deal with young offenders. I would be available immediately for up to 3 days a week, Experience is necessary and I would be grateful for any volunteer opportunities within my local Youth Offending Team whereby i can see my studies put into practice and see first hand how young offenders are dealt with by the Youth Justice System.
laura - 9-Nov-18 @ 8:51 PM
Hi, I am a student currently in my last year studying Criminology. I am very interested in volunteering, in which I am available to start now. I would be particularly interested in volunteering for offenders in prisons or victim support. I am looking to Volunteer in the Manchester area. Thank you
cdaisy - 7-Nov-18 @ 9:09 PM
Hi, I'm 46 years old and would like to volunteer with youth offenders in Warrington Cheshire area. In my younger days I had trouble with substance misuse,been clean for 11 years and want to train to be probation officer. I have 2 boys aged 15 & 24 and lots of understanding of today's issues for youths and young adults. Thanks Nicola
Nicola - 5-Nov-18 @ 1:36 PM
I want to volunteer for work with youth offender's have experience working with young people through my restoration work
del - 30-Oct-18 @ 3:19 PM
Would like to volunteer with my own amazing story on how you can change your life around I can inspire youths in the Cardiff area who offend as 30 years ago I was the same to know be a company director and a wow lifestyle I feel the urge to share my story’s I know it will make a difference to young offenders in South Wales
Suzie - 26-Oct-18 @ 10:35 PM
I'm available to volunteer immediately. I would love to get involved. I have real life experiences and am ready to give back Tameside/Manchester How do I apply
Kel - 3-Oct-18 @ 8:46 PM
Hi, I am looking to volunteer in this fielddo you have a link for Northamptonshireor Leicestershire vacancies? Many thanks
Simon - 17-Sep-18 @ 4:48 PM
Hello! I am interested in becoming a volunteer for young offenders who have left prison helping to mentor them in to education or employment. I wish to gain experience in this field to progress on to becoming a probation office career.
Eli - 8-Sep-18 @ 12:29 AM
I have a lot of experience with children who suffer from mental health,children with learning difficulties l worked in the community of Salford for two years volentry I received a certificate off the mayor. I’m first Aud trained I have studied three years of sociology three years of criminology I have qualifications in counciling and physchology at the moment I’m studying to be a mental health Nurse I am looking for some work wich I would be interested in for my University placement. I live in Cheshire I can travel to Manchester but would prefer to work near my home. Thankyou
Gumber - 4-Sep-18 @ 11:39 PM
I would like to volunteer in the West Lothian area.
Vics - 3-Sep-18 @ 11:47 AM
I am available to volunteer now. I live in London and have experience with young people. I look forward to hearing from you.
Pamela - 22-Aug-18 @ 11:34 AM
Hi, I am a primary school teacher and qualified and experienced Special Educational Needs Coordinator. I am looking to volunteer to mentor young offenders as described on your web page. Many thanks, Zoe
Zoe - 17-Aug-18 @ 7:25 AM
Hi, I am interested in becoming a volunteer for young offenders who have left prison helping to mentor them in to education or employment. I am seeking to gain experience in this field to progress on to becoming a probation office career.
Sophia - 6-Aug-18 @ 6:08 PM
I am interested in the voluntary position to work with youth offenders I willing to do whatever it takes please tell me how I can get to go about it please
B - 20-May-18 @ 4:13 PM
Interested in voluntary role working with youth offenders locally. I currently work as a learning support asst.in a First school. Please can you advise on my next step. Thanks
margaret brooks - 10-Apr-18 @ 6:14 PM
Hi, I have recently (July 2017) graduated from university with a first in Criminology. I am considering pursuing a career in working with young people and young offender teams. I am wondering if you have any opportunities for volunteering with young offenders in the Salford/Manchester area. Any advice/help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Nathan - 28-Mar-18 @ 1:27 PM
Hello I'm interested in becoming a volunteer but needs to be in the Dudley area I do support work at the moment for ex offenders but what to carry on leaning and gaining knowledge and helping people become better humans thank you for reading my message .. Trudy Patel
Trudyp143 - 23-Mar-18 @ 8:49 PM
Hi I am a Psychology graduate and I am interested in becoming a probation officer. I would like to gain some experience based in Birmingham. Any information of any institutes which can provide me this experience would be highly appreciated! Kind regards
Fatima - 15-Mar-18 @ 10:45 PM
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