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Volunteer with the Youth Offending Service

The Youth Offending Service offers a number of different volunteer roles

The Youth Offending Service (YOS) works with young people who’ve been identified as at risk of offending. With help from volunteers we can offer help, including short or long term mentoring and assistance for young offenders when being questioned by police.

We ask that you are able to give 1-2 hours per week and that you are willing to serve for at least 1 year.

As a volunteer you will need:

  • to be reliable
  • good communication skills and the ability to relate to young people
  • your own vehicle or ability to travel around the county
  • a full, clean, UK driving licence and appropriate insurance

Acceptance onto this project is subject to satisfactory references and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

The roles

Appropriate adult – attend police stations to ensure that the young person’s welfare needs are being met and that they understand questions when being interviewed by police.

Driver volunteer – help young people get to their offence reduction programmes, appointments and training opportunities across the county.

Mentoring – building a one to one relationship, where you act as a role model who encourages and guides personal growth by giving advice, motivation and support.

Parent Mentoring – giving support to parents of open YOS cases where short term one to one help is needed. Volunteers are trained to help parents develop plans to manage behaviour and add to their parenting skills.

Panel Member – chairing and managing meetings where young offenders have to agree a contract stating that they will make amends for their offending and carry out work to reduce their risk.

Volunteer application form

To volunteer for any of the roles above fill in our application form, which asks for the following information:

  • Current employment
  • Two references
  • Your skills and experience

Please have this information ready if you're completing the online form.

Online volunteer application form

Volunteer application form - download

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