The Youth Offending team (YOT) can offer you the chance to do a wide range of volunteering:
Appropriate Adult (AA):
- all young people (10 to 17 years old) require an AA when being interviewed by the police;
- act as an AA when parent/carer cannot attend;
- support a young person at a police station;
- make sure welfare needs are met.
- provide positive support and encourage young people;
- increase personal abilities and self-esteem;
- regularly meet a young person for a limited amount of time.
Referral Order Panel Members:
- co-ordinate a meeting ordered by the Youth Court. The young person is subject to a Court Order and has to attend the panel;
- bring together members of the local community, victims, young people and their parents/carers;
- discuss and agree a plan of action to help put right the harm caused.
Restorative Justice Volunteers:
- visit people going through conflict in neighbourhoods and schools;
- hold restorative meetings for those in conflict;
- keep precise records of visits and processes.
- to accompany and support young people to accomplish tasks, when putting right the harm caused by their offending;
- encouragement and support to young people.
As a volunteer you will receive:
- full training;
- support and supervision;
- travelling costs;
- out of pocket expenses.
You need to be:
- over 18 years of age;
- able to relate well to young people;
- reliable and able to commit to 2 - 3 hours per week;
- free from criminal convictions, which precludes contact with young people. (Not all convictions preclude, offences will be assessed in accordance with the role.)
As a volunteer you will be given:
- an interesting role;
- the chance to help young people in trouble;
- the chance to learn about aspects of law;
- an insight of the work the YOT does.
If you would like more details or to apply, please contact: