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Would you like to become a volunteer Community Panel Member to work with the Warwickshire Youth Justice Service?

What is the role?

Warwickshire Youth Justice Service is seeking volunteers to become community panel members to facilitate court Referral Order contracts whilst engaging the young person’s individual needs and the voice of the victim. They meet with the young person and their families to help put together a support package, review progress and sign off contracts when referral orders are complete.

Warwickshire Youth Justice Service (including volunteers) facilitate Restorative Justice with open and honest dialogue. We work with people and communities who have experienced harm; to help shift the balance back from a negative to a positive. At the heart of our work we give victims and communities an opportunity to share what impact the offending has had on them. This shapes our work with young people who are responsible for causing that harm and together we look for ways to repair and restore the relationship between them either through reparation or restoration.

Referral Order Panels are unique because they involve local people who facilitate and listen to all those present.

How much time will I need to commit?

Initial training consists of 4 days. 

Panel Members will be expected to commit to panels for a minimum of 12 months at a negotiated level. Panel meetings will take place at different times during the weekday and evenings and are held at various locations across the county and any travel expenses are reimbursed. Panel Members will be asked to identify their availability. Each panel meeting will last approximately 2 hours.

Panel Members will also be expected to attend regular supervision and training sessions with the Youth Justice Service.

What experience will I need?

There are no essential skills, qualifications or experience required to volunteer with us. We use volunteers as they are representatives of the local community. We recruit volunteers based on personal qualities and potential.

How do I apply or just find out more?

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Cossar 01926 682650 or email

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