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Volunteering With Your Local Young Offenders Team

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 10 Apr 2018 | 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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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
Hello. My name is Laura. I graduated Bachelor Degree in Social Work(July 2015), following a Master Degree in Probation (July 2017). I have almost two years living in Essex (London) and I am more than interested in getting some experience as a volunteer with the youth offending team in this area. I am planning in future to develop a career in working with young offenders. I will be more than happy if you can give me some details or website links that could help me to apply for this position. Have a lovely day. Thank you.
- - 2-Apr-18 @ 5:59 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
Hello, I have a degree (2:1) in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and I am particularly interested in youth offending. I live in Kent but would be able and willing to travel. I would like to gain some experience in the Youth Justice field, with the end goal to be a Probation Officer for young offenders. Any advice/suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated! Thankyou in advance. Amelia.
Mia - 15-Mar-18 @ 2:50 PM
Hi there, I am currently completing a psychology degree, and am aiming to venture into a career in the area of rehabilitation of criminals, or join the police force.I was wondering if there were any organisations in the area of Bedfordshire that I could contact in regards to work experience over the summer? I have volunteered with other organisations before, and find it enlightening and rewarding. Kind Regards, Jess
Jess - 14-Mar-18 @ 4:25 PM
Dede - Your Question:
Hi. I am currently completing a degree in youth justice law and wish to go on to probation. I would like to volunteer to gain some experience. Do you know of anywhere within the Stoke on Trent/Staffordshire area which would be of interest? You guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Our Response:

Try the following organisations:
Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation
Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services
SOVA
VoluntaryWorker - 9-Mar-18 @ 3:18 PM
Hi. I am currently completing a degree in youth justice law and wish to go on to probation. I would like to volunteer to gain some experience. Do you know of anywhere within the Stoke on Trent/Staffordshire area which would be of interest? You guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Dede - 8-Mar-18 @ 8:21 PM
Hi i am nicole i from newcastle upon tyne i am doing a foundation degree in social science but i want to do crimonology i have my hreat set on being youth offending offcier due to experiances in my family do you know if there is any voluteering i could do.
Cole - 8-Mar-18 @ 4:22 PM
Hi there Im currently looking at gaining experience with challenging people because I want to do my degree in Probation. Live in the Midlands anythiny you could direct me to please?
Beth - 23-Feb-18 @ 2:40 PM
Sam - Your Question:
Hi, I am a graduate in psychology and was looking to go into probation. I am from Rochdale and was hoping to do some voluntary work in this area any information on this would be grea. Thanks.

Our Response:
Rochdale Mind has a useful list of ways you can volunteer or you could check out the Gtr Manchester youth justice volunteer opportunities
VoluntaryWorker - 16-Feb-18 @ 2:14 PM
Hi, i am a graduate in psychology and was looking to go into probation. I am from Rochdale and was hoping to do some voluntary work in this area any information on this would be grea. Thanks.
Sam - 14-Feb-18 @ 3:07 PM
Charis - Your Question:
Hi, I have completed my LLB and LLM, and I currently volunteer in Court working with witnesses. I want to move into youth offending and I am seeking experience first.I am from Middlesbrough, North East England- How can I find opportunities for this area? pleaseKind regards,Charis

Our Response:
Here are three organisations to try:
NEPACS
Clinks
Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company
VoluntaryWorker - 29-Jan-18 @ 11:10 AM
Hi, I have completed my LLB and LLM, and I currently volunteer in Court working with witnesses. I want to move into youth offending and I am seeking experience first. I am from Middlesbrough, North East England- How can I find opportunities for this area? please Kind regards, Charis
Charis - 26-Jan-18 @ 12:56 PM
My name is Kelly, I'm currently in full swing of my foundation degree of Health and Social care in Plymouth. I have my self been a teen in need of guidance. Feel I have a lot to offer to another person, especially those who are following the wrong path through life. I can interact with others to support their needs. I am a happy go lucky positive person would very much enjoy engaging to help make a difference to a life to benefit their future. Hopefully I hear back.
Kels - 17-Jan-18 @ 3:58 PM
I would like to volunteer to work with youth offenders in your organisation. I live in Newcastle and I am studying MSC in applied social science. So may I know on how to go about it.
Charity - 6-Jan-18 @ 7:19 PM
Hello. I'm student in Criminology and Criminal Justice and I'm looking for any volunteering opportunities. Thanks
Emily - 13-Dec-17 @ 3:07 PM
Sam - Your Question:
Hi, my name is Sam, I'm 27 and I live in London. I have a lot of life experiences that I'm sure would really be useful for both me and your services, I don't have much work experience but I am willing to learn, I'm a good listener and always pro active, I'm determined and focused. I understand that confidentiality is important and I also have a lot of empathy and sympathy to all the youths and there situations, I'm very easy to get on with and talk to. Some young people still confuse me to be a youth and automatically feel a natural trust and feel they can confined in me. I eventually want to become a probation officer but I need some experience and I would love to start here

Our Response:
Here is a list of List of London Youth Offending teams
">London Youth Offending Teams , you should contact them asking what volunteering opportunities are available.
VoluntaryWorker - 6-Dec-17 @ 3:35 PM
Hi, my name is Sam, I'm 27 and I live in London. I have a lot of life experiences that I'm sure would really be useful for both me and your services, I don't have much work experience but I am willing to learn, I'm a good listener and always pro active, I'm determined and focused. I understand that confidentiality is important and I also have a lot of empathy and sympathy to all the youths and there situations, I'm very easy to get on with and talk to. Some young people still confuse me to be a youth and automatically feel a natural trust and feel they can confined in me. I eventually want to become a probation officer but I need some experience and I would love to start here
Sam - 6-Dec-17 @ 1:48 PM
Michelle - Your Question:
Hi, I am currently in my final year studying sociology with professional development. I wish to do my placement within the Youth Offending Team, as that is my major interest. However, I am not entirely sure if I can with my degree but would like further information if possible. I am from southeast London but am open to travelling around London. Thanks!

Our Response:
Here is a list of London Youth Offending teams - make contact with them to let them know what you'd like to do.
VoluntaryWorker - 1-Dec-17 @ 10:42 AM
Hi, I am currently in my final year studying sociology with professional development. I wish to do my placement within the Youth Offending Team, as that is my major interest. However, I am not entirely sure if I can with my degree but would like further information if possible. I am from southeast London but am open to travelling around London. Thanks!
Michelle - 29-Nov-17 @ 4:51 PM
I’m currently studying a psychology degree at university, I wish to learn more about the youth offending and maybe get some hands on experience to help me in the future. I’m front the wigan area. Any volunteering opportunity would be great.
Kerrylee - 28-Nov-17 @ 7:37 PM
Emily - Your Question:
Hi.I am in my second year of a psychology degree at university of Sunderland. I would love to be able to help out with young offenders around Sunderland as expericnce for after graduation when I wish to become a criminal or child psychologist. Is there any information available on this?

Our Response:
Try Sova - they have several volunteer opportunities in your area.
VoluntaryWorker - 27-Nov-17 @ 2:19 PM
Hi. I am in my second year of a psychology degree at university of Sunderland. I would love to be able to help out with young offenders around Sunderland as expericnce for after graduation when I wish to become a criminal or child psychologist. Is there any information available on this?
Emily - 23-Nov-17 @ 5:37 PM
Hello! I’m studying a psychology with criminology degree, I live in coventry and would love to volunteer to work with young youth offenders. Is there anywhere I can contact ? It would be great to get some volunteering over holidays. Thank you.
Lishaa - 19-Nov-17 @ 11:12 PM
I am a retired teacher having worked in prisons, youth detention centres and schools. I would be interested in any volunteer work within the Lincolnshire area. Thank you. Michael
Mike - 9-Nov-17 @ 5:26 PM
T - Your Question:
Hi,Im currently studying a criminology degree, and im highly interested in working within a youth offending team within the Birminghan area. Can you advise me where to look and applyThanks

Our Response:
Here are some organisations you might want to try:
Birmingham Youth Offending Team 0121 464 0600 or Email:Andrew.Blyth@birmingham.gov.uk
Sandwell Youth Offending volunteer opportunities
Sova Youth Volunteer Dudley
Clinks - Opportunties for volunteers for mentors to help young people build crime-free lives
VoluntaryWorker - 8-Nov-17 @ 11:52 AM
Hi, Im currently studying a criminology degree, and im highly interested in working within a youth offending team within the Birminghan area. Can you advise me where to look and apply Thanks
T - 7-Nov-17 @ 10:53 AM
Fran - Your Question:
Hello, this is my first year of criminology and criminal justice and I would love to volunteer and work with local offenders. I have very good listening skills and I like to help others in every way possible. I’ve done 3 years of public services and we studied one unit of voluntary jobs within help and support to our community. I’d love more information on how to apply to be a volunteer to work with local offenders. Thank you for this post.

Our Response:
We don't know what area you're from so can't give any specific information, we're sorry. It's worth doing an Internet search with details of your location together with something like "youth offender volunteering" etc
VoluntaryWorker - 6-Nov-17 @ 12:55 PM
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