Youth Offender Panels are a ground-breaking way of dealing with young people who commit crime. They provide an opportunity for young people to speak for themselves, rather than through representation, and to take responsibility for their actions.
A young person is referred to the panel by the courts through a sentence called a Referral Order which is usually given to 10 to 17 year olds who plead guilty to a first court conviction, although it is now also available to some other young offenders. A Referral Order can last for 3 to 12 months, depending on the seriousness of the crime.
The aim of the panel meeting is to agree a contract with the young person to prevent further offending and to discuss any 'reparation' to the victim/community. Panels also give victims a chance to say how the crime has affected them and what can be done to put things right.
Local ,Non-Profit, Youth, Communication, Teens, Kids, Children, Social,Unpaid
- Be non-judgmental and able to communicate with young people in a way that they can fully understand what is expected of them
- Attend Panel Meetings as directed and notified in advance.
- Attend training courses and meetings as requested.
- Complete paperwork as directed.
- Live within the city boundaries and have access to your own transport or reliable public transport.
- Travelling expenses will be covered if you live up to 6 or 7 miles from venues
- Carry out your volunteering in line with Portsmouth City Council guidelines on safeguarding, confidentiality, equality and diversity and health and safety
- Be available at least once a month on Mondays and/or Wednesday afternoons/evenings (although this may change daytime availability is a necessity) and be able to commit to at least one year.
- DBS check required
- Limited Physical Access
- Volunteers covered by insurance
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 16/08/2017
End Date: 16/08/2019
Citizens Advice Portsmouth
Dreams Come True
The EC Roberts Centre
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Prison Advice and Care Trust