Norfolk Youth Offending Team Volunteering Opportunities

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Polly Johnson





Norfolk Youth Offending Team


Details of the role:

Are you over 18 and interested in volunteering with young people? Then you could be who we are looking for! Volunteering with the Norfolk Youth Offending Team (NYOT) could enable you to make a valuable contribution to your local community.


Volunteering as a Community Panel Member provides volunteers with an opportunity to meet with young people subject to a Referral Order to devise and agree a tailored programme of work which enables the young person to repair the harm caused by their offending behaviour and address any factors in their lives that may cause them to offend. Panel Members continue to monitor the young person’s progress and compliance at regular review panels for the duration of their Order.


Panels take place in Norwich, King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth, and at other locations across Norfolk, usually in the afternoon and early evening. Our Panel Members say:

Brilliant! Love it!

Stimulating and always interesting.”

Rewarding knowing you’re appreciated.”

Fascinating and enjoyable, knowing you are helping someone.”

You’re able to give solid examples of dealing with complex and diverse panels in interviews.”

Can be frustrating, but when you see a child or young person turned around, it’s all worthwhile.”


Volunteers will be able to demonstrate a commitment to working with young people and their parents to prevent further crime, and with victims to deal with the consequences of crime. An ability and strong commitment to work without prejudice with people of different ages, ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds is essential, as is a firm commitment to discretion and confidentiality.


Selection processes are designed to assess applicants’ potential and the selection criteria for Community Panel Members are based on personal qualities rather than professional qualifications or experience. No previous experience or knowledge of the youth justice system is required.


Panel Members will need to provide references and undertake an Enhanced DBS check. Previous criminal convictions will not automatically prevent anyone from becoming a Panel Member. 


Details of the application process:

Recruitment usually takes place once a year, but we welcome expressions of interest at any time. For more information and an application form, please contact Polly Johnson, County Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01603 223683 or


Any training required:

Full training is provided.


Details of training where required:

Volunteers undertake a comprehensive programme of training, support and supervision.


Start and end date:

We are currently accepting applications to begin training in September 2016.

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