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Volunteering With Your Local Young Offenders Team

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 21 Oct 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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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
Hi, I have recently graduated from edge hill university with a degree in criminology and criminal justice. I want to gain some experience either in probation or around youth offending. I was wondering if anybody could give me some advice on where to look/what to apply for within the Liverpool area. thankyou
Jen - 24-Aug-17 @ 9:56 PM
hi I am very interested in volunteering for your organisation working with young offenders as they prepare to leave prison. I am about to begin studying for 4 Olevels in English Maths Psychology and Law at Bolton college with a view to secure permanent employment within this field. Thank you
kazzie - 23-Aug-17 @ 4:34 PM
Lucy- Your Question:
I'm looking into volunteering to help young offenders because eventually I would like to become a young offender officer but as a young girl I also was a young offender I did spend a short amount of time in juvenile prison but as a adult 18 and over iv never had a conviction and changed my offending ways I was brought up in children homes and think that had a lot to do with my juvenile behaviour now I'm 27 and I always wanted to work with young children and help them and support them but I think my past could go against me and just need to know for sure if I could work towards the career I want so if anyone got any information it would be a great help thanks Lucy

Our Response:
We don't know which region you live in Lucy, but try the information in the above article. If you type in the terms "youth offender volunteering" or "youth mentor volunteer"together with your location, you should get some good results. In your email to any organisations, explain how you have turned your life around and a bit about your background.
VoluntaryWorker - 15-Aug-17 @ 10:48 AM
Char94 - Your Question:
HelloI am entering my third year in September studying Criminology in Nottingham. I would love to gain volunteering experience within young offenders in this area? Thank you

Our Response:
Here are two places you might like to try:
Trail Blazers
Bridging the Gap
VoluntaryWorker - 14-Aug-17 @ 12:09 PM
I'm looking into volunteering to help young offenders because eventually I would like to become a young offender officer but as a young girl I also was a youngoffender I did spend a short amount of time in juvenile prison but as a adult 18 and over iv never had a conviction and changed my offending ways I was brought up in children homes and think that had a lot to do with myjuvenile behaviour now I'm 27 and I always wanted to work with young children and help them and support them but I think my past could go against me and just need to know for sure if I could work towards the career I want so if anyone got any information it would be a great help thanks Lucy
Lucy - 12-Aug-17 @ 6:36 PM
Hello I am entering my third year in September studying Criminology in Nottingham. I would love to gain volunteering experience within young offenders in this area? Thank you
Char94 - 11-Aug-17 @ 4:28 PM
Amc - Your Question:
Hello. I am interested in volunteering with youth offending teams. I am currently volunteering with adult offenders on our resettlement project and would like to add more.I am in the tamworth Staffordshire area, but do have links to Birmingham.So you know anyone I could contact Thanks

Our Response:
try:
Here (Sova Staffs)
Or
Here (Staffordshire and West Midland Community Rehabilitation)
VoluntaryWorker - 11-Aug-17 @ 2:12 PM
Hello. I am interested in volunteering with youth offending teams. I am currently volunteering with adult offenders on our resettlement project and would like to add more. I am in the tamworth Staffordshire area, but do have links to Birmingham. So you know anyone I could contact Thanks
Amc - 11-Aug-17 @ 6:07 AM
Megan - Your Question:
Hi, I'm currently going into my third year of my Criminology and Sociology degree and would like to gain voluntary experience helping young offenders. Could I be pointed in the right direction in gaining such work in the South Yorkshire area? Thank you

Our Response:
You could try emailingthe South Yorkshire youth justice service: youthjusticeservice@sheffield.gov.uk
VoluntaryWorker - 9-Aug-17 @ 1:49 PM
Sas - Your Question:
Ive worked in care of the elderly for over 25yrs but want to change jobs. I would live to work supporting children. Could you please point me in the right direction.Much appreciated.Sas

Our Response:
The best places to look are on job websites - most vacancies are advertised on these now.
VoluntaryWorker - 9-Aug-17 @ 10:54 AM
Hi, I'm currently going into my third year of my Criminology and Sociology degree and would like to gain voluntary experience helping young offenders. Could I be pointed in the right direction in gaining such work in the South Yorkshire area? Thank you
Megan - 8-Aug-17 @ 1:36 AM
Ive worked in care of the elderly for over 25yrs but want to change jobs. I would live to work supporting children. Could you please point me in the right direction. Much appreciated. Sas
Sas - 7-Aug-17 @ 2:57 PM
I'm currently studying Psychology and am hoping to become a forensic psychologist in the future. I was wondering if there were any voluntary places available in Bolton
Annabel - 3-Aug-17 @ 2:10 PM
Hi, I'm a criminology student looking for voluntary work with young offenders within South London. I was wondering if there were any available positions
Josie - 27-Jul-17 @ 11:36 AM
Hello, my name is nathan and i am currently studying youth studies at university and need a work placement in nottingham. Ive been unsuccessful so far when contacting places and was wondering if you could point me in the right direction. I would like to be involved with youth offending teams or any organisations to do with helping young adults. Thank you
Nath - 20-Jul-17 @ 3:34 PM
Hi I have just graduated with a degree in criminology and looking to gain some experience volunteering with young offenders within Hertfordshire. Could you point me in the right direction of who to contact please. Thanks
Laura - 16-Jul-17 @ 9:43 PM
Hello. I am interested in volunteering with youth team , I do have some experience working with young people, Could you point me in the direction of who to contact please. Thank you
Keyla - 13-Jul-17 @ 10:37 AM
Hi, I currently work in an academy in pastoral care, as summer holidays are approaching I want to do voluntary. Are there any places I can get involved with in Walsall
Aff - 13-Jul-17 @ 10:22 AM
Wondering if there was anywhere around Cheshire i could volunteer for my work placement Thank you
Kirsty - 9-Jul-17 @ 2:03 PM
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