Working with volunteers

This area contains information about working with volunteers, such as policies, procedures and ways of working that support positive working relationships and integration.

Panel members make up the majority of volunteers in Youth Justice and their training can be found here. 

Volunteers can also access a range of training including Exploring Youth Justice (which is an introduction to the youth justice system; ideal for new practitioners and volunteers. The course covers essential background, reforms and the architecture of our current youth justice system) on the YJ Institute’s learning hub.

Summary: Attached is a YJB template that can be used to create the induction process for volunteers. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a Aims: support a robust induction process for volunteers nationally     Description:Attached below, in a word document is a YJB template which can be used to create a tailor made and individual YOT induction checklist. The checklist…
Summary: Attached is the guide produced by YJB and YOT’s to support working effectively with volunteers.   Aims: Provides an overview of working with volunteers     Description: Attached below is a short guide co-produced by the YJB and Lancashire Child and Youth Justice Service, Essex YOS and Dorset YOS. This guidance outlines how Youth Justice Services can recruit, train,…
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…
Summary: Attached is a proposed volunteer handbook template. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Support YOTs nationally to create own volunteer handbook through a proposed template.     Description: Attached below in a word document is a proposed volunteer handbook template created by YJB. The template has three main sections: Background (including overview of the youth justice…
Summary: Attached is the YJB template pro-forma to help YOTs consider the specific tasks they want volunteers to undertake.  Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Ensure volunteers have a clear expectation of what they are contributing to. Support volunteer coordinator to have a clear framework to support volunteer recruitment.     Description: It is recommended that each…
Summary: Attached are three key documents created and used by Wilshire YOS for volunteer recruitment including; volunteer code of conduct, health, safety and wellbeing and positive DBS disclosures risk assessment. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To provide recommendations for good practice for people who are involved in recruiting volunteers     Description: Attached below are three…
Summary:  Attached is the volunteer policy created by Leicester City YJS and a YJB template to support working effectively with volunteers. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Ensure clear and consistent process for all working with volunteers     Description: Attached below are: YJB template, in a word format, which provides a proposed way of creating a…
Summary: Attached are the volunteer agreements which are used in Dorset Combined YS, Nottingham YOT and Tameside YOT.  Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aim: Ensure that both the volunteer and the YOT have an agreement around each other’s roles, responsibilities and expectations     Description: The volunteer agreement’s attached below are a description of the arrangement between the…
Summary: Attached is a template contract for pre-sentence Referral Orders used by Tameside YJS. Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Ensure consistency for all the children that eligible for a Referral Order or Custody option. Provide a realistic proposal for the Court to impose a Referral Order rather than a custodial sentence.     Description: Attached below…
Summary:  Attached is the confidentiality statement and policy used by Nottingham YJS for staff and volunteers. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aims: Ensure that staff are aware and clear their role in regard to disclosing information.     Description: Attached below is Nottingham Youth Justice Service’s: Confidentiality policy - word document details the boundaries for staff in respect…
Summary: Attached is a template for the Referral Order review panel used by Tameside YJS. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Ensure consistency for all the children in at the Service     Description:Attached below is the template Tameside YJS use for running their Referral Order review panels.     Implementing the practice: The panel are provided…
Summary: Attached is a template letter that Tameside YJS send to the children following non-compliance of their Referral Order. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Ensure consistency for all the children on Referral Orders across the Service.     Description: Attached below is the template letter that Tameside YJS send to the children following their Referral Order…
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