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About the job
Hours per week: various
Contract type: Voluntary
Are you interested in doing something about crime in your community?
Would you like to help young offenders turn their lives around?
Luton Youth Offending Service is looking for volunteers representing Luton’s diverse community to sit on Youth Offender Panels. The Youth Offending Service works to prevent re-offending by young people aged 10-17, who have been involved in offending behaviour. We are actively seeking volunteers from the community to help with this work.
How it works
As part of the Panel, Community Panel Members meet with the young person, their parents/carers/supporters and sometimes the victims to talk about the offence, the experiences of the victim and the issues faced by the young person. You will then all agree a contract designed to help the young person to stop offending and make up for the harm they have caused. The contract is designed to prevent young people from re-offending, but also to make some reparation to the victim or the community affected by their crime.
A rewarding opportunity
This is a rewarding opportunity if you are interested in learning why young people offend and being creative about what can be put in place to help them stop in the future.
- We provide comprehensive training for the role, delivered at evenings and some weekends over a three month period
- We offer ongoing training and Supervision on a regular basis
- You must be 18 or over and able to commit for a minimum of a year.
- You must reside or work within Luton
How to apply
You can apply on line at https://jobs.luton.gov.uk/ where you will be asked to provide a current CV and a supporting statement explaining what you can bring to this important community role.
We are planning on holding an online information evening on Tuesday 4th January. For more information or an informal chat please contact Chris West or Jolene Jefferson on 01582547900.
Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020). A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.