We’re looking to recruit volunteers from the community to sit on Youth Offender Panels.
These 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.
By volunteering as a Panel member, you can help:
- Ensure young offenders take responsibility for their behaviour
- Repair harm to the victim
- Reintegrate young people back into the community
- Reduce crime in your area and make communities safer
What does the role involve?
A young person will attend a panel meeting if they have been given a referral order by court. Referral orders are the main sentence given to the majority of 10-17 year olds who plead guilty on a first-time conviction.
Panel members meet with the young person, their parents or guardians and sometimes the victim, to talk about the reasons for the offending behaviour and agree a contract aimed at repairing harm done to the victim or community.
Panel meetings can take place throughout the borough. Full training and regular support / supervision is provided.
How to volunteer