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Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire Youth Justice Service is looking to recruit and train additional volunteer Youth Offender Panel (Referral Panel) Members to join our existing team of Panel Members. 

Are you passionate about helping young people turn their lives around?
Applications are invited for the role of Youth Offender Panel (Referral Panel) Members.  The opportunity has arisen to train and recruit volunteers to join our existing team of Panel Members.  We are keen to recruit people who can represent the diverse ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds of the young people referred to the Youth Offender Panels. Panel members have a key part to play in helping reduce the likelihood of a young person committing further offences; and in ensuring that the needs of the victim are fully taken into account.


The Hertfordshire Youth Justice Service is looking for volunteers who can offer a few hours each month and who

Are motivated to promote a process with children and parents/carers to prevent further offending and the consequences of crime.
Can demonstrate

personal integrity, discretion and a firm commitment to confidentiality;

understanding and good judgement, a level-headed approach to children and crime;

an ability and strong commitment to work without prejudice towards people of different ages, ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds;

an ability to relate to, and work with, others as a member of the panel team;

a willingness to listen to advice and to the views of others;

maturity, patience and the ability to remain calm
Who have

a willingness to undertake all the required initial training, further training and ongoing assessment and appraisal;

a commitment to serve as a panel member as required each year and to undertake the relevant preparatory work in each case;

a commitment to serve for two years, following completion of the initial training;

a commitment to restorative values and principles and a willingness to learn and use restorative skills in order to ensure that panels clearly follow the restorative process, empower everyone  involved in panels to have a voice and take an active part in restoration and rehabilitation.

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.   If you work for Hertfordshire County Council, you can request up to 22 hours paid time to attend Referral Panels as a panel member for Hertfordshire.


Please contact RPTraining@hertfordshire.gov.uk to express an interest and to request an application pack.


The training course runs in March: Thurs eves 7, 14, 21 March and daytimes 9 and 16 March 2019.  Closing date for applications 13th February 2019.


If you would like to discuss, please contact Sally Martin on 01442 388755.

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