The Restorative Panel Member Training (reviewed 2019) is intended to be used by Youth Offending Teams in training volunteer panel members to fulfil their role.  The following attachments are available below:


Restorative Panel Member Training Manual
This training manual contains the content for delivering a restorative panels training course to community panel volunteers and youth offending team (YOT) staff involved with Referral Order panels.

The course can be delivered in four consecutive days or scattered over several weeks or weekends. The manual has detailed instructions for every exercise and suggested timetables for designing a course tailored to meet local need.

Restorative Panel Member Training Workbook
This workbook accompanies the Restorative Panel Member training course and satisfies the RJC ( trainer’s code of practice for a minimum of four hours course reading. Reference to the workbook is made throughout the course, which contains additional information and exercises, links to film and extra reading materials to reinforce the learning from each section of the training.
The workbook contains a self-competency checklist and is designed to become a portfolio that community panel members can continue to use, update and expand, to inform their practice.

Restorative Panel Member Training PowerPoint Library
The Restorative Panel Member Training Manual is accompanied by a library of PowerPoint slides. PowerPoint is optional, and the content contained in many of the slides is incorporated in the workbook or can be written onto a flipchart.
The slide library is intended to be used flexibly (and not in its entirety), or not at all.

Restorative Panel Member Training Resource Book
This Resource book accompanies the Restorative Panel Member Training Manual, and contains everything that trainers might need for delivering the training, including handouts, scenarios, laminates, evaluation forms and certificates, as well as alternative and additional exercises and games.

The Youth Justice Board is working to support frontline service improvement through grants and activity which target system-wide challenges. This involves a ‘pathfinder’ approach whereby local authorities and partners can pilot, develop and disseminate whole system solutions.  Multiple partners have been given additional funding to become pathfinders which will run the below attached projects with the outcome of developing and disseminating solutions to some of the toughest issues the youth justice system is facing.

The projects announced so far focus on:

  • Constructive resettlement (Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Doncaster, Kirklees, Leeds, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield YOTs)
  • Tackling County Lines (Norfolk, Essex, Cambridge and Suffolk YOTs working together)
  • Tackling Serious Youth Violence (Brent, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Manchester, Nottingham City, Sandwell and Southampton YOTs)

Summary:  Sandwell YOS work in partnership with First Cass Legacy to run monthly meetings for parents whose children attend the YOS.
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  • To create a supportive space for parents to share experiences and learn from each other
  • To reduce isolation in parents who have children open to the YOS
  • To create a bridge between parents and the YOS for better working relationships
  • To deliver awareness raising sessions to parents about key topics they felt they needed help with
  • To use as a forum for involving parents in decisions about YOS service delivery



Sandwell YOS had been struggling to know how to best engage with some parents, who were mistrustful of the YOS and felt forgotten, and judged. To aid in considering a way of engaging parents, the YOS spoke to a variety of parents who expressed a sense of isolation and described struggling with their child’s behaviour but not knowing what to do about this.

To support parents, Sandwell YOS partnered up with First Cass Legacy to run a ’ being set up for YOS parents. The concept behind the talks is a safe and relaxed space where parents are able to worth through the isolation and stress via shared experience with other parents who are going through the same things.

The parents that attend are supported to share their personal experience and learning with each other and ask for information from professionals around the Youth Justice System, if required.
Parents are encouraged to engage in group discussions around set topics, aimed at supporting them with their children and some of the more difficult and challenging elements of their behaviour. In addition, the talks have started to bridge the gap between the YOS and the parents so that they have felt included, listened to and heard. This has meant that Sandwell YOS has had the opportunity to consider and amend practice and the systems within the YOS to best suit the needs of the parents and their children. This has also meant that a feedback loop has been established between the YOS and parents and vice versa.

Through the kitchen table talks, Sandwell YOS and First Class Legacy have co-created with parents a video that can be shared and used with other parents concerning some of the signs to look for in children involved in criminal activity.


Implementing the practice:

  • The YOS delivers the kitchen table talk session for parents once per month, together with their partner First Class Legacy.
  • At present the funding for this project comes from the PCC.
  • Regarding referrals, practitioners discuss the forum with parents/carers of the children they are working with. Providing they consent to contact, First Class Legacy then follow up and give more information.
  • Sessions are based around what the parents want to talk about and what they are willing to share with each other. There is usually a loose structure supplied by either First Class Legacy or the YOS to stimulate discussion but the emphasis is on peer support and being led by those present.
  • YOS staff attend in small numbers to build relationships, and external agencies may sometimes use the forum to answer particular questions or talk to parents directly.
  • The meetings are held in community spaces, and in particular a dessert bar – the parents appreciate the relaxed nature of this and often feel it is a rare moment of something indulgent for them.



Contact Details:

YOT: Sandwell YOS
Name: Michael Botham
Partner Organisation: First Class Legacy

Sheffield council wide response to working effectively with children and families from the Roma Slovak community

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Since 2006, Sheffield City Council saw an increase in migration from the Roma Slovak community, which over the last few years has increased. It was recognised that services in Sheffield City Council where underequipped to work effectively with those children and families. This prompted key partners to come together and consider most appropriate services for those children and families.


Please find attached the following documents, that highlight a positive way of working with the Roma community in Sheffield and may aid thinking in adapting ways of working with other marginalised communities.


  • Sheffield Youth Justice Service and Other Key Partner Response to Working with Roma Children and their Families.
  • Sheffield Community Knowledge Profile of Roma Community.
  • Roma in Sheffield: Mapping Services and Local Priorities (South Yorkshire Roma Project).




Youth Offending Team: Sheffield Youth Justice Service
Name: Clare Gibson

A Quick Guide to Universal Credit for Youth Justice Practitioners aims to support practitioners to navigate some of the complexities of universal credits for those children that are 16 and over.

Summary: Harrow YOT in collaboration with Prospects (Harrow Youth Stop careers service) delivered a multi-agency conference aimed at increasing awareness of positive impact of education for children.
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  • Increase knowledge and partnership work with educational establishments and other key stakeholders
  • Build new partnerships



Harrow YOT, in collaboration with Prospects (Harrow Youth Stop careers service) delivered a one-day multi agency conference for professionals working with children in the borough. The purpose of the conference, was to support partnership work and increase knowledge and increase awareness of the importance of education and motivation for children, especially in supporting long lasting positive changes and desistance.


Implementing the Practice:

  • Harrow YOT identified need for better communication with education establishments, especially around risk
  • Prospects identified the value of supporting young people to raise career aspirations
  • The conference content was put together following YOT/career discussions around some of the knowledge gaps they had identified over time as a team
  • The conference was run in a council room, and therefore there was no cost attached




Youth Offending Team:  Harrow YOT
Name: Ryan Simon
Summary: The Skill Mill is a Social Enterprise that provides paid jobs and training to children from Youth Offending Teams.
Age: 16 -18
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  • Support those children that have been assessed as elevated risk to desist from further offending
  • Support those children to gain employability skills in order to support successful transition into the labour market




Skill Mill is a not for profit social enterprise, that supports children into temporary paid employment opportunities (for six months) to encourage and as part of a whole child approach through breaking the cycle of engagement in pro-criminal actions. The children are provided an opportunity, through Skill Mill to contribute to their local community and start making positive changes to their identity.


The children are supported to participate in horticultural and land maintenance projects and receive formal training, job search support and an employment reference to improve their self-esteem, confidence and career prospects

The Skill Mill is a Social Enterprise established by Newcastle Youth Offending Team during 2013 and launched February 2014. The programme is being replicated across England in the following YOTS: Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Durham and Scarborough.


Implementing the Practice:

  • The start-up costs are approximately £50,000, this reduces (pro-rata) as paid contracts are secured.
  • This programme is only available to children that are required to attend the YOT




YOT: Newcastle Youth Offending Team
Name: David Parks
Source Organisation: Skill Mill

Summary: Stoke YOT volunteer recruitment and reward process.
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  • Increase recruitment and retention of Community Panel Member volunteers



Stoke YOT have created a leaflet (attached) that is used in the recruitment of new volunteers. The leaflet is advertised via Stoke website, twitter and Facebook and also handed out during leaflet drop reparation sessions around the city. Furthermore, at the pre-panel meeting, which includes a panel member, parent/carer and the child along with the Referral Order Coordinator, where the role of the panel members is discussed, a leaflet is also available to parents and carers explaining the recruitment of volunteers

This has meant that Stoke YOT have been able to recruit their volunteers from a variety of circumstances and experiences including family members of children that have had previous contact with the YOT as well as a reverend who the YOT had contact with through one of their reparation programmes.

Volunteers must complete Panel Matters training, following which they are expected to attend five initial panels, after which they are presented with a certificate of attendance. Once the volunteers have completed the training and five panels, they are then able to access further City council training. Furthermore, volunteers are invited to attend and participate in the YOTs ‘service developments days’, which take place quarterly.

In order to support the volunteers, increase motivation and build positive relationships, Stoke YOT have implemented the following:

  • Panel forums, which are run by the Referral Order Coordinator three times a year.
  • Regular one to one supervision with each volunteer (template attached).
  • Referral Order Coordinator sends out birthday and Christmas cards (where applicable and appropriate) to the volunteers.
  • Regular newsletter is emailed to the volunteers that includes information concerning service performance such as number of referralorders successfully completed and any early revocations.
  • Stoke YOT arranges and pays for an annual meal for the volunteers as a way to thank them for their work and contribution.



Contact Details:

Youth Offending Team: Stoke YOT
Name: Debbie Morrey

Holes in the wall is a website that offers knowledge and information for practitioners (as well as parents/carers) regarding child to parent violence and abuse. There are a variety of free resources that can be accessed.

In April 2019, the Home Office published the Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit: Disruption Tactics, which is aimed at front line staff to support their work around safeguarding children from sexual and criminal exploitation.
The toolkit is split into six areas:

  • Abduction and trafficking
  • Behaviour
  • Sexual offences
  • Location
  • Victim care
  • Other options

In addition to the six areas, the disruption toolkit includes best practice guidance in three areas:

  • Information sharing and multi-agency working
  • Intelligence and evidence
  • Further links
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