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Volunteering With Your Local Young Offenders Team

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 12 Aug 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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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
Hi, I'm studying health and social are at sixth form and want to do volunteer work with young offenders for my work placement. I am 18 soon and wanted to know if there was any organisations I could work in around Cheshire. Thank you
Kirsyy - 9-Jul-17 @ 2:01 PM
Sumaya - Your Question:
Hi, I'm a criminology student who is currently looking for volunteer work mentoring youth offenders within London.

Our Response:
Try:
Reach Out
Princes Trust
Action for Children
VInspired
VoluntaryWorker - 28-Jun-17 @ 2:33 PM
Hi, I'm a criminology student who is currently looking for volunteer work mentoring youth offenders within London.
Sumaya - 27-Jun-17 @ 1:31 PM
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
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