Calderdale Youth Offending Team offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities, to find out more you can contact the Youth Offending Team.

The different opportunities include:

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
  • Ensure welfare needs are met


  • Provide positive support and encouragement to 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
  • The panel brings together members of the local community, victims, young people and their parents/carers
  • Panel members discuss and agree a plan of action designed to put right the harm caused

Restorative Justice Volunteers:

  • Visit people experiencing conflict in neighbourhoods and schools
  • Hold restorative meetings for those in conflict
  • Maintain accurate records of visits and processes

Reparation volunteer:

  • To accompany and support young people to accomplish tasks when putting right the harm caused by their offending behaviour
  • Provide positive 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 to 3 hours per week
  • Free from criminal convictions which precludes contact with young people (convictions do not automatically preclude, offences will be assessed in accordance with the role)

As a volunteer you will be provided with:

  • An interesting role
  • A chance to help young people in trouble
  • The opportunity to learn about aspects of law
  • An understanding of the work of the Youth Offending Team

If you are interested and would like further information on volunteering opportunities please contact the Youth Offending team using the details below:

  • Username Youth Offending Team
  • Email jeff.rafter@calderdale.gov.uk
  • Telephone 01422 368279
  • Address
    Jeff Rafter
    Calderdale Youth Offending Team
    Centre at Threeways
    Nursery Lane
    HX3 5SX