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Youth Offender Panels

Youth Offender Panels

In April 2002, a new court order for young people came into practice in England and Wales.  Most young offenders aged between 10 and 17 who are convicted by the courts for the first time and plead guilty will be given a Referral Order, unless the charge is so serious as to warrant custody.

Under this new order, the Court will refer the young person to a Youth Offender Panel, made up of two trained volunteers from the Youth Offending Service, trained in working with young offenders.

Talking to the youngster, the parents or guardians and the victim of the crime, the Panel will agree a tailor-made contract aimed at putting things right.  This might include a letter of apology to the victim, removing graffiti or cleaning up estates and communities.  The programme will also include activities to prevent further offending, such as getting young people back into school and help with alcohol or drug abuse.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please complete the attached application form and return to the address identified

The YOS undertake recruitment for volunteers on an annual basis, where an extensive training programme (how many weeks/sessions??) will be undertaken before starting your role as a panel volunteer.  Following receipt of the completed application form and upon commencement of the annual recruitment process a member of the YOS team will be in touch to check availability to attend training and undertake relevant recruitment checks involving references and DBS.

Application form