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Volunteering With Your Local Young Offenders Team

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 17 Jan 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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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
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.
Fran - 5-Nov-17 @ 7:47 AM
Hi really would like to get back to volunteering with children and young adults.I live in Cambridge am free most evenings love to try becoming an appropriate adult . Work I really enjoy is guiding kids to the reality of today and how we can be whatever we want to be
Viki - 31-Oct-17 @ 11:08 PM
Hi I am currently doing a masters in legal and criminological psychology aspiring to be a youth probation officer, I am currently looking for any volunteering opportunities.
kirsty - 25-Oct-17 @ 10:40 AM
Mel - Your Question:
Hi, I'm in my third year of child nursing in Glasgow and am really keen to work with young offenders. I would love to find out more or gain some experience in helping young offenders. Thanks!

Our Response:
Here are some organisations to contact:
Sacro
Apex Scotland
Aspire Mentoring
Day1 Mentoring
VoluntaryWorker - 24-Oct-17 @ 11:51 AM
Hi, I'm in my third year of child nursing in Glasgow and am really keen to work with young offenders. I would love to find out more or gain some experience in helping young offenders. Thanks!
Mel - 21-Oct-17 @ 7:06 PM
Hi There, I am currently studying a Masters in Social Work. I would like to gain some volunteer experience in youth offending in London, ideally the West or North West region because it is the area I would like to work within once, i have qualified. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thank you Denny
Denny - 17-Oct-17 @ 8:50 AM
Hi, I'm a criminology and criminal justice student looking for placement and volunteering work with youth offenders in London and also victim support in London.
moyo - 13-Oct-17 @ 3:32 PM
Alrae - Your Question:
Hi, im currently studying fd degree in working with communities and young people and want to volunteer within a YOT team. Im from warwickshire but they dont have any space for me. Where can you advise to look?

Our Response:
You could try the following not quite Warwickshire but may be useful:
Sandwell Youth Offending volunteer opportunities
Sova Youth Volunteer Dudley
Clinks -mentors to help young people build crime-free lives
VoluntaryWorker - 10-Oct-17 @ 12:24 PM
Hi, im currently studying fd degree in working with communities and young people and want to volunteer within a YOT team. Im from warwickshire but they dont have any space for me. Where can you advise to look?
Alrae - 7-Oct-17 @ 9:42 PM
Georgia - Your Question:
Hi,I am currently in my third year of undergraduate study in Liverpool. I would like to gain experience in voluntary work specialising in helping youth offenders. Any information would be highly appreciated.

Our Response:
Try some of the options below:
Contact Youth offending teams directly and ask about volunteer opportunities. The Liverpool Youth Offending Team contact is Catherine Griffiths, email catherine.griffiths@liverpool.gov.uk or Hannah Doughty, Head of Targeted Services for Young people, email: hannah.doughty@liverpool.gov.uk, or phone: 0151 233 7024. In Knowsley - Dionne Atkinson, is the Youth Offending Team Manager, email: dionne.atkinson@knowsley.gov.uk, or phone: 0151 443 3079.
Ask about volunteer opportunities at the Volunteer Centre Liverpool
VoluntaryWorker - 4-Oct-17 @ 1:59 PM
Hi, I am currently in my third year of undergraduate study in Liverpool. I would like to gain experience in voluntary work specialising in helping youth offenders. Any information would be highly appreciated.
Georgia - 3-Oct-17 @ 2:02 PM
Hi I am studing degree course public health and health promotion.I am very much interested to work with children and volunteering with young children or child mentor.I live in wembely in brent area.please let me kkknoHo how can i get one volunteering. Job
Poly - 1-Oct-17 @ 6:42 AM
Hello I would like to do some volunteering work within youth offending more so related to gangs..in rehabilitating them and showing them there is more to life then crime. I am going to study criminology at the university of bedfordshire luton in the hope to become a criminiologist.
Theresa - 12-Sep-17 @ 7:22 PM
M - Your Question:
Hi, I am interested in volunteering with youth offending teams. I have applied to study Criminology and would also like to gain experince. I live in Birmingham and was wondering if you could help me and let me know who to contact. Thanks.

Our Response:
Here are some organisations to try:
Sandwell Volunteering
Timebank
Youth Justice Resource Hub
Halow Birmingham
SOVA (search via your postcode)
VoluntaryWorker - 8-Sep-17 @ 12:09 PM
Hi, I am interested in volunteering with youth offending teams. I have applied to study Criminology and would also like to gain experince. I live in Birmingham and was wondering if you could help me and let me know who to contact. Thanks.
M - 7-Sep-17 @ 12:12 PM
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