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Volunteering With Your Local Young Offenders Team

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 15 Mar 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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Dee - Your Question:
I have a creative writing masters degree, english degree, a mentor certificate, and a TEFL. I am very interested in working with at risk and disadvantaged youths and young adults. I live in Brent London and wondered if there is any schemes that I can get on or if you have any inhouse knowledge of direct companiesd or organisations to contact. I have already tried searching the internet but I've not been successful with any direct contacts as yet. Please send me some information if possible.

Our Response:Give these a try
Action for Children
The Children's Society
Reach Out
VoluntaryWorker - 16-Mar-17 @ 11:34 AM
I'm looking forvolunteer work in Luton.I'm looking for experience and wanting to work as a Youth offending officer in the future.I will be studying criminal justice and criminology in uni soon.I'm currently working in an acute mental helath unit as a Life skills recovery worker in Luton.I would love to work with youno people and work together to help them make the right choice in life.
Onix1 - 15-Mar-17 @ 11:36 AM
I have a creative writing masters degree, english degree, a mentor certificate, and a TEFL. I am very interested in working with at risk and disadvantaged youths and young adults. I live in Brent London and wondered if there is any schemes that I can get on or if you have any inhouse knowledge of direct companiesd or organisations to contact. I have already tried searching the internet but I've not been successful with any direct contacts as yet. Please send me some information if possible.
Dee - 14-Mar-17 @ 12:24 PM
Hi I'm looking for volunteer youth work around LUTON, Milton Keynes and Bedford
Chaz - 12-Mar-17 @ 6:57 PM
Lynne - Your Question:
Hi, I'm looking for a voluntary position to help and support young offenders in the Newcastle/Durham area. I am interested in a change in career and I'm considering a degree in psychology. Any information would be greatly appreciated.Thankyou.

Our Response:
Try here to start with. They may also be able to tell you of other opportunities.
VoluntaryWorker - 10-Mar-17 @ 12:23 PM
Hi, I'm looking for a voluntary position to help and support young offenders in the Newcastle/Durham area. I am interested in a change in career and I'm considering a degree in psychology. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.
Lynne - 9-Mar-17 @ 4:27 PM
Hi, I have recently retired and would be interested in volunteering in the youth judicial system. I live in Newcastle and currently volunteer in a uniformed youth organisation which I have been involved with for over 50 years. Alfie
Alfie - 8-Mar-17 @ 4:36 PM
I have previously worked voluntarily as a youth work/youth adviser. Growing up I was labelled as the girl who had anger management and couldn't control herself, when I was doing voluntary work it enable me to tame my anger which i believe made me mature and made me the person I am today. I would love to work with the youth offenders to try and help steer themselves back into the right direction.
Shelly - 7-Mar-17 @ 9:22 PM
Sarah82 - Your Question:
Hi I am studying nvq level 2 health and social care. I'm 34 and am aiming towords a career in young offending. I have a DBS and would love to speak to someone regarding volunteering? I live in East Sussex Hastings but can travel to Kent please give me some advice

Our Response:
Try the East Sussex Council Volunteer page where there is an option of youth offending volunteering
VoluntaryWorker - 3-Mar-17 @ 2:12 PM
Hello I am currently studying my BA (hons) in family and community studies. I was wondering if there was any possible chance for me to gain some insight by volunteering within this company
Thema - 2-Mar-17 @ 2:04 PM
Becca - Your Question:
Hello, I am Rebecca. I have an undergraduate degree in Childhood studies BA Hons, I am now currently doing my MA in children and young people in Leeds I have lots of experience working with children including children centers for deprived families and working alongside families who need more help and suport. I have also volunteered in youth groups for children who need somewhere to go to socialise with their peers. I am looking to volunteer with young offenders in Leeds, is anybody aware of where I can apply/go for this?Thank you

Our Response:
Try the Leeds Young Offender Service here
VoluntaryWorker - 2-Mar-17 @ 10:11 AM
Hi I am studying nvq level 2 health and social care. I'm 34 and am aiming towords a career in young offending. I have a DBS and would love to speak to someone regarding volunteering? I live in East Sussex Hastings but can travel to Kent please give me some advice
Sarah82 - 1-Mar-17 @ 6:11 PM
Emilija- Your Question:
Hi, my name is Emilija and I am an university student that studies psychology. I would like to volunteer in Lancashire or west yourshire with Youth Offenders. Where could I find some place to volunteer?

Our Response:
Start by contacting Safer Lancashire
VoluntaryWorker - 1-Mar-17 @ 2:24 PM
Hello, I am Rebecca. I have an undergraduate degree in Childhood studies BA Hons, I am now currently doing my MA in children and young people in Leeds I have lots of experience working with children including children centers for deprived families and working alongside families who need more help and suport. I have also volunteered in youth groups for children who need somewhere to go to socialise with their peers. I am looking to volunteer with young offenders in Leeds, is anybody aware of where I can apply/go for this? Thank you
Becca - 28-Feb-17 @ 10:29 AM
Hi, my name is Emilija and I am an university student that studies psychology.I would like to volunteer in Lancashire or west yourshire with Youth Offenders. Where could I find some place to volunteer?
Emilija - 27-Feb-17 @ 11:03 PM
I am a full time student studying criminology with sociology and I am looking for some work to work with offenders in east London.
Tasnim Yasmin - 20-Feb-17 @ 4:16 PM
Hi, I amFull-term law student studying in London. I am looking for voluntary work with young people. I have previous experience in working with young people and having grown up in a bad environment myself, I believe I could be really helpful. I am a good listener and I am able to provide useful advice, having helped a relative that suffers from ADHD by talking to them, listening to them and helping in terms education eg reading, I believe could be a useful candidate. If there are any available voluntary work in London please respond back to via email. Kind regards
Kristal - 2-Feb-17 @ 10:37 PM
Im a student at the University of lincoln studying Forensic Psychology - I am looking for some relevant voluntary work with youth offenders!
Doug - 19-Jan-17 @ 12:10 PM
Hi My Name is Shane I live in Hatfield in Hertfordshire. I was raised in Hatfield by my Father as my Mother left me and my Brother. My Grandmother & Grandad were also helping my Father with myself and my Brother. At the age of about 9 years old I had my first cigarette,Shoplifting and hanging around the streets with other lads and my brother. I then got in with the wrong crowd and in 2003 I spent 6mths in Prison and in April 2004 when I came out of prison I said to myself enough was enough so I moved away from the area. I am now back living in Hatfield and if I can give advice or support to youths that a life of crime doesn't get you anywhere in life.I am available as and when needed if I can be of any help to youths in my area then please get in contact with me and we can discuss it.Regards S. Scott.
Scotty - 13-Jan-17 @ 2:48 PM
Hi interested in working with young offenders team in Walthamstow like to do some volunteering any one no where I can start detialof any places in the area
Tree - 12-Jan-17 @ 9:30 AM
Bryn - Your Question:
Hi,at the age of 14 I became homeless,prison drugs ect,I've been there and had a pretty horrendous life,I've got it together now I'm now 62!!yes and still alive! My life has been good for the past 7years and have heaps of empathy with people who are in the same situation ad I was,I'm a great listener and have lots of Patience, iid love to be of help in some way ,I live near Norwich.can you help please?

Our Response:
A couple of places you could try in Norwich are:
Foodcycle Norwich
Emmaus Norwich
VoluntaryWorker - 15-Dec-16 @ 1:57 PM
Hi,at the age of 14 I became homeless,prison drugs ect,I've been there and had a pretty horrendous life,I've got it together now I'm now 62!!yes and still alive! My life has been good for the past 7years and have heaps of empathy with people who are in the same situation ad I was,I'm a great listener and have lots of Patience, iid love to be of help in some way ,I live near Norwich.can you help please?
Bryn - 14-Dec-16 @ 7:14 PM
hi I've been doing my own kind of freelance mentoring and work with the local youths where I live in West Norwood now for roughly 4 years and have made quite a few positive steps with the individuals thst come to me I've also written a book on relationships between teens and parents under the roof...which I hope to get published soon but I'm very interested in now joining with an active up and running organisation and wondered how to go about it..I believe I would be a valued addition to any team and I have come from a troublesome back ground and have turned it all around which was far from easy but the hardness is what made it become who I am now and I would simply like to be part of any organisation that is serious about tackling the problem.of youth offending....
bionic steve - 7-Dec-16 @ 1:45 PM
Nicky - Your Question:
Hi I'm NicholaCurrently doing a sociology degree, and I want to with with young offenders rehabilitation in a prison. Where could I look for placements.

Our Response:
An internet search is a good place to start. Try a search such as "Young offenders volunteering", together with your location. You could also ask at your local council to see if there are any volunteer opportunities for youth mentors etc
VoluntaryWorker - 30-Nov-16 @ 10:38 AM
Hi I'm Nichola Currently doing a sociology degree, and I want to with with young offenders rehabilitation in a prison. Where could I look for placements.
Nicky - 29-Nov-16 @ 2:02 AM
I work as a security officer in north yorkshire. I am looking for a change of career and have found that anything i have been involved in regarding youth related crime has been rewarding . I am very much a people person and good at building rapor very quickly . I do not have any degree level education , but at age 40 with a varied work history and a father . I feel i havevast life experience to pass on to people . Any information would be appreciated
rich - 17-Nov-16 @ 8:13 PM
Hi I've recently started my b-tech level 3 and wish to do some volunteer work as part of my placement. This is one of my career choices so would appreciate the opportunity of having that experience Carol 17-11-16
Punkie - 17-Nov-16 @ 3:11 PM
Blue - Your Question:
Hi my names Emma, I'm 30 years old and for the last 10years have gone thought a very colourful path of good and bad choices and I feel I'm at a point in my life where I'd like to give back, I've always used self help and positives mechanisms to help me get past the bad times and with my attitude and ways of thinking and explaining things I think I could possibly help.I'm not collage educated or uni but I know a little bit about a lot :) I'd love to hear from you if you think I'd be of any service.Thank you

Our Response:
You've not told us which area you're from, but try an internet search for "youth mentoring volunteer opportunities" and your location. This should bring up a few organisations you can contact directly.
VoluntaryWorker - 17-Nov-16 @ 10:04 AM
Hi my names Emma, I'm 30 years old and for the last 10years have gone thought a very colourful path of good and bad choices and I feel I'm at a point in my life where I'd like to give back, I've always used self help and positives mechanisms to help me get past the bad times and with my attitude and ways of thinking and explaining things I think I could possibly help. I'm not collage educated or uni but i know a little bit about a lot :) I'd love to hear from you if you think I'd be of any service. Thank you
Blue - 16-Nov-16 @ 10:44 AM
Georgia- Your Question:
Hi, I am looking for voluntary work with young people, either within the criminal justice system or who just needs a mentor for support. I am a very kind natures person and have a lot of time for people to listen to their issues and try to come to a solution that suits them best. I am looking for a role in he midlands area, around Stafford, Telford or Wolverhampton. Please contact me via my email, thank you.

Our Response:
Here are a few places to try:
Staffordshire and West Midlands Community Rehabilitation
Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services.
SOVA Opportunties for volunteers for mentors to help young people build crime-free lives
VoluntaryWorker - 7-Nov-16 @ 11:52 AM
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