Our objective is to reduce and prevent offending by young people. We use a multi-agency
approach to balance the needs of the person with those of the community. By engaging
holistically with young people, their parents / carers, victims and the community, we seek
to empower young people to make positive choices while respecting individual diversity.
The principles which underpin our practice promote the rights and responsibilities of the
young person, the parents / carers, the victims and the community to address offending behaviour
About the role
Appropriate Adults (AA) Young people under the age of seventeen years who have been arrested will be interviewed, by police officers, about the offence they are alleged to have committed, during the interview they must be accompanied by their parents or another responsible person over the age of 18 years. If there is no one from the young person’s family available to attend, the Youth Offending Service takes on that role. Volunteer Appropriate Adults are volunteers who have agreed to attend police interviews with young people.Reparation tasks are given to most young people who have been involved in offending behaviour. It gives young people the opportunity to undertake an activity directly for the victim of the offence or if that is not appropriate the wider community in an effort to repair the harm caused by their offending. It is the role of the volunteer reparation supervisor to ensure that young people are supervised during the sessions to support them with the tasks and ensure their safety.
The Referral Order is the standard disposal for all young people who appear in court for the first time and have pleaded guilty. The young people sentenced to a referral order are referred to a panel that is composed of two members of the community who have volunteered and been trained to facilitate panel meetings. The Volunteer Panel Members meet with the young person, his or her parents and possibly the victim of the offence and based on a Restorative Justice Process look at who has been affected by the offence and how they have been affected. The panel then agree a plan of action with the young person, in the form of a contract, aimed at preventing further offending as well as helping to repair the harm caused by the offending behaviour.
A full programme of training will be offered to reparation supervisors to ensure that they are equipped with the appropriate skills
Our mentoring programme at the Youth Offending Service aims to offer a mentoring service to young people and their families who are referred to the Youth Offending Service by the court. It aims to improve self-esteem and educational achievement, break down social isolation and increase access and involvement with positive activities within their local community. YOS mentors will work with young people on a 1-1 basis and will support and encourage them and their families to build useful links with their local communities and services by increasing participation in social activity and engagement.
All mentees will be matched with an appropriate mentor based on the young person’s needs and the mentor’s skill base. Through 1-1 sessions an individual tailored action plan will be devised, which will focus on the desired outcome for the young person/family.
A full programme of training will be offered to panel members to ensure that they are equipped with the appropriate skills: however we would wish to ensure that panel members possess the following personal qualities:
An interest in ensuring victims are involved in the youth justice process and working young offenders to prevent re-offending.
You will possess:
Personal integrity and discretion
A clear and firm approach to offenders and crime
A respect for different ethnic, culture and social backgrounds
Communication skills with effective listening and communication skills
an ability to engage with young people
an ability to ensure all participants in panel meetings are meaningfully involved by contributing their ideas and desires.
An ability to understand reports, to identify the relevant facts concerning a young person’s circumstances and contribute to a multi-agency plan for the young person
An ability to facilitate exchanges between participants without personal bias
common sense and realistic expectations
A willingness to undertake the required 7 days training
A commitment to serve as a panel member or observer on at least six occasions during a six-month period.
A commitment to serve for at least one year
Please see attached documentation which confirms Personal Attributes for YOS Volunteers
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