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 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…
Summary: Attached is a template letter that Tameside YJS send to the children following the completion of their Referral Order. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Ensure consistency of information 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…
  Summary: Example of a Referral Order contract from Barnet YOT, Bristol YOS, Southwark YOT and Tameside YJS. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aim: Ensure that children and their parents/carers are able to access the contract.     Description:Attached below are examples from four different Services in England – Barnet YOT, Bristol YOS, Southwark YOT and Tameside YJS…
Summary: Attached is Barnet YOT’s complain process which can be used by volunteers. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aim: Ensure transparency so that volunteers are able to voice any concerns     Description: Attached below is Barnet youth offending team’s complaints process that is used when working with volunteers.     Implementing the parctice: All volunteers should…
Summary: Attached are a variety of procedures and process for volunteer recruitment and retention. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: Support volunteer recruitment Support volunteers with their leaning, development and supervision     Description: Attached below are the following word documents: Volunteer description - this is used for external recruitment of volunteers. Volunteer recruitment and ongoing learning…
Summary: Attached is Dorset Combined YOS ‘safe recruitment of volunteers’ report and application form use in the recruitment of volunteers. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aims: Support recruitment of volunteers into the service Provide an overview of safe recruitment to senior managers     Description: Attached below are the following: Safe recruitment of volunteers report is a word…
Summary:  Volunteer recruitment leaflet and information for independent advisors. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aims: To provide information to recruit volunteers for Durham YOT.     Description: Attached below are the following leaflets, which Durham YOT use to support their recruitment process of volunteers: Volunteer leaflet – generic leaflet describing the various volunteer opportunities available. Independent advisor…
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: Description of the role of volunteer mentor in Stoke-on-Trent YOS. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Aim: To offer enhanced support to children outside of the remit of their order requirements to encourage them to access sustainable mainstream positive activities and gain life skills that will divert them away from crime.     Description: Stoke-on-Trent YOS have…
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