To ensure youth justice services are effective, we need the local community to get involved.
By volunteering, not only are you helping the fight against crime in your local area, but you're also making a positive difference to the lives of young people.
There are a number of volunteering opportunities available, these include:
- Youth Offender Panel Volunteer - Youth offender panels give the community a say in creating a plan of action to ensure young offenders put right the harm they’ve done and are given help to prevent further offending.
- Neighbourhood Justice Panel Volunteer - Working with local communities to bring together victims and offenders or two parties unable to settle their differences. The aim is to resolve conflict and harm caused by anti-social behaviour, minor crime and neighbour disputes.
- Victim Contact Volunteer - Making contact with victims of crime to monitor and quality assure the services victims receive from victim workers.
All volunteers will need to provide references to show they’re suitable to work with young people and will need to undergo DBS checks.
You don’t need any formal qualifications to volunteer, but you should be prepared to take part in training.