Voluntary Post: Referral Order Community Panel Member

Walsall Youth Justice Service
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24 Sep 2018
30 Oct 2018
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Walsall Youth Justice Service

Voluntary Post:  Referral Order Community Panel Member

What is a Referral Order Community Panel Member?

A Referral Order is a Court Order which can only be given to young people that are aged 10-17 years. A Referral Order panel member is a trained volunteer who sits alongside other trained volunteers to form a Referral Order panel. The panel will meet with the young person and their family to talk about their offence and the impact of the actions on the victim and community. The panel support the young person to take responsibility for their own actions and to create a tailored contract aimed at repairing harm and reducing risk of offending. 

What skills do I need?

You must be able to demonstrate: good communication skills, motivation, reliability, sensitivity, flexibility, discretion, commitment and negotiation.

We need panel members who represent their local community, this means men and women, 18 years and over and from every ethnic and social background who are committed to making a difference for the children and young people of Walsall.

What is the commitment?

To attend a minimum of 2 panel meetings per month.  Panels currently take place on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

We ask for you to be able to commit for at least 12 months volunteering following training.

Are expenses covered?

We reimburse reasonable travel expenses against receipts and provide refreshments.

What training and support do I receive?

Full training is provided with further supervision, support and training throughout the year.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

The opportunity to support young people and their families within your community, opportunity to offer skills for the local community, training, teamwork, experience for your CV, a chance to gain exposure in different fields and to meet new people.  

Volunteering for Walsall Youth Justice Service can also provide vital experience if you are considering a career working with children.

Will I require a DBS (Disclosure barring checks)?

Yes, all volunteers are required to have a DBS (we will apply on your behalf).

To register your interest please contact Frances Bate, YJS Team Manager on 01922 650400 for informal discussions and information on how to apply prior to Friday 26th October 2018.

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