Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service

How would you like to be part of an exciting opportunity to make a difference in your community?

Since April 2002, Referral Orders have been a major way of dealing with children and young people who have offended aged between 10 and 17. To make Referral Orders work we need to involve people from the local community.  People like you can bring home the real effects of crime to the young person and make a difference in their life, the life of their victim and the life of the local community.

As a Community Panel Member you will be asked to sit on Youth Offender Panels with the aim of reaching an agreement with the young person to address their offending behaviour, factors linked to their offending behaviour and preventing further offending. The aim is also to increase the young person’s understanding of the harm caused to their victim and how they can make amends.

You need to be at least 18 years old. No qualifications or experience is required; the most important factor is your personal qualities.

Panels will reflect the communities they serve. NYOS is looking for members that reflect the diversity of the areas they come from in terms of age, gender, ethnic origin and social background. You should be of good character although criminal convictions will not necessarily disqualify you. You will need to be prepared to undergo DBS checks and provide references to show you are suitable to deal with young people. You will need to commit yourself to serving for at least one year. NYOS will provide you with initial training; support you in undertaking this role and  then offer ongoing training throughout the lifetime of your volunteering.

NYOS takes working with and supporting volunteers very seriously.  We have successfully applied for the Investing in Volunteers quality mark, which shows that our work recruiting, training and supporting volunteers is of a high quality.  To make sure that volunteers continue to have a voice in the service, we have a steering group where paid staff and volunteers come together to oversee the scheme and plan developments.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with NYOS, contact us