A Referral Order panel is made up of two volunteers recruited directly from the local community alongside one member of the multi-agency Youth Justice Service.
The panel will meet with the young person and their parents/carer to talk about the reasons for the offending behaviour and to discuss a way forward. The Panel will agree an individual contract aimed at making amends to the harmed person and / or community, reducing the risk factors associated with their offending behaviour and increasing the protective factors.
The Youth Justice Service have 6 panels running each week across Cheshire in Northwich ( Monday), Crewe, Warrington (Tuesday) Macclesfield (Wednesday), Chester, and Runcorn (Thursday) from 4.30pm to 7.30pm
To attend Panel Meetings as per an agreed rota (on average 2 times per month) .
To undertake the Referral Order Panel Volunteer role as determined by the Youth Justice Board.
To ensure that all panel meetings are underpinned by a restorative approach (taking into consideration of the harmed persons views).
To attend all mandatory training events.
To attend supervision meetings as appropriate.
To maintain principles of confidentiality at all times.
To operate at all times within safe practice principles.
To act in accordance with the procedures and standards expected of volunteers, as explained in the training provided by the Youth Justice Service.
To implement the equal opportunities policy of the Youth Justice Service.
To complete all relevant paperwork.
During COVID lockdown we have run these panels virtually, where volunteers have received anonymised reports and relevant documents and had telephone communication with the case manager to discuss the case and agree the contract, review progress and any actions that need to be taken should they not engage in the Referral Order.
The Youth Justice Service recruit on an annual basis (generally starting in Aug/Sept). Deliver mandatory training in Oct/November. Provide shadowing opportunities in Dec/Jan.
All applicants are required to undergo enhanced DBS checks. The Youth Justice Service would like to recruit volunteers from a range of diverse backgrounds, experiences, styles and perspectives, so ex-offenders are encouraged to apply.