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: Three key documents created and used by Wiltshire YJS for volunteer recruitment.     Aims: To provide good practice to indviduals involved in recruiting volunteers   Description: Wiltshire Youth Justice Service have produced three key documents produced to support recruitment of volunteers. Volunteer Code of Conduct. This document sets out minimum standards of behaviour and provides guidelines to help…
Summary: A Youth Justice Board template that can be used to create the induction process for volunteers in a Youth Justice Service Aims: Support a robust induction process for volunteers nationally     Description:The Youth Justice Board has created a template which can be used as the basis for an induction checklist that is specific to a Youth Justice Service.…
Summary: Attached is the Lancashire Youth Justice Service Referral Order process for volunteers when running Referral Order Panels.     Aim: Support volunteers to work in a consistent manner to support the Referral Order Panel process.     Description: Lancashire Youth Justice Service has developed a process for Community Panel Members to follow during panel meetings, to support postive communication…
Summary: A guide produced by the Youth Justice Board and a number of Youth Justice Services to support working effectively with volunteers.   Aims: Provides an overview of working with volunteers     Description: A short guide co-produced by the YJB and Lancashire Child and Youth Justice Service, Essex Youth Justice Service and Dorset Youth Justice Service. This guidance outlines…
Summary: A template contract for pre-sentence Referral Orders used by Tameside Youth Justice Service.     Aims: Ensure consistency for all the children 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: Tameside Youth Justice Service have provided the template they use…
Summary: Attached is the YJB template pro-forma to help Youth Justice Services consider the specific tasks they want volunteers to undertake.      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: The YJB recommends the template be filled with the following…
Summary: A handbook template for volunteers within a Youth Justice Service     Aims: Support Youth Justice Services nationally to create their own volunteer handbook through a proposed template.     Description:  The YJB has proposed a volunteer handbook template. The template has three main sections: Background - including an overview of the youth justice system and the role of…
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 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 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…
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