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Volunteer Referral Order Panel Members

Closing date: 31/10/2021

Reference: REQ103160

Casual

0 *

Various Locations within and outside of Ceredigion

*All salary values are pro-rata.

About the role

What is a Referral Order Panel?

Panels are ways of working with young people who commit crimes.  Local people take the lead in challenging children/young people to take responsibility for their actions and helping them to change their behaviour.  Panels give the person harmed an opportunity, if they wish, to voice how the crime has affected them and what needs to happen to put things right.
 
Volunteer Role

To work with children/young people, their families and the person harmed by the crime, to help repair the harm caused and prevent further offending. Volunteer panel members will talk and listen to these key people and agree with the child/young person a positive and constructive plan of action, designed to meet the outcomes detailed above.
 
Main Tasks

  •  To ensure children/young people become aware of and take responsibility for their behaviour(s) and the consequences of their offending
  • To help repair the harm caused for the victim and/or the wider community
  • To reintroduce children/young people back into the law-abiding community

Specific Tasks of a Volunteer Referral Order Panel Member

  • To attend panel meetings held in the community and/or online (due to Covid 19)
  • Volunteering alongside others to agree an appropriate Referral Order contract for the child/ young person
  • To either support or chair the Panel Meetings, after extensive training and shadowing opportunities 
  • To read all relevant reports prepared by the Youth Justice team about the child/young person prior to a scheduled meeting 
  • To attend initial training, continued professional development training and regular group supervision
  • To assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the scheme by completing the relevant forms provided

 
Knowledge, Skills and Attitude
Volunteers will need to possess and be able to demonstrate the following qualities in order to become a volunteer Referral Order Panel Member:

  • Awareness of issues affecting children and young people in the Youth Justice system
  • Plus, their families 
  • Awareness of issues for people who have been harmed 
  • Ability to engage with children and young people aged from 10 to 17 years
  • Demonstrate time-management, planning and organisational skills
  • Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills including active listening, empathy and questioning skills 
  • Volunteering in a consultative, collaborative and restorative approach
  • Showing respect, non-judgement and unconditional positive regard for all concerned
  • Effective written communication skills plus, the ability to understand technical, detailed reports
  • Strength focused and committed to providing opportunities for young people to develop protective factors in their lives and take positive action(s)
  • Maintain confidentiality, data protection and information security
  • Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion policies and procedures
  • Willingness to commit to volunteering for a minimum of once a week/month, for one year. 

Referral Order Panel Members are supervised and supported by the Volunteer coordinator. 

Volunteers will be expected to undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to recruitment and provide two personal references. Additionally, volunteers will also be expected to undertake the comprehensive training required to fulfil this role. 

Application Form I Email: Tallulah.Moonlight@ceredigion.gov.uk or, nigel.thomas@powys.gov.uk 

If you would like an application form or an informal chat about the role, before volunteering as an AA, then contact Tallulah Moonlight, in Ceredigion, at the email address above.  Or, Nigel Thomas in Powys.  
 
This volunteer position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Where you'll work

Porth Gofal – Targeted Intervention Services

We are at the core of Ceredigion’s through-age social care provision and we focus on ensuring that each individual receives the intervention that is best placed to meet their needs or, where necessary, guide them to early help or specialist services. Our functions include:
Porth Gofal Intake and Triage Team

  • Targeted Intervention Services
  • Fostering Services
  • Residential and Day Care Services
  • Housing Services
  • Integrated Community Equipment Stores
  • Emergency Duty Team