Youth offender panels are a ground breaking way of dealing with young people who commit crimes.

A Youth Offender Panel consists of two volunteers recruited directly from the local community, alongside one member of the youth offending team (YOT). The panel will meet with the young person, and their parents or guardians, to talk about the reasons for the offending behaviour and to agree a tailor made contract aimed at putting things right.

Volunteers need to be 18 years old or over and may spend about three hours a fortnight working on the panel. Panel meetings can be arranged around your existing work and other commitments. It makes no difference where you come from or what you do. If you decide to become a panel member, you'll receive specific training and expenses.

Youth offender panels give the community a say in creating effective programmes that ensure young people who offend repair the harm done and are given positive help to prevent further offending.

For more information visit the Youth Justice Board website

How to apply

To apply to become a panel member email Mark Johnson at mark.w.johnson@newcastle.gov.uk or phone 0191 277 7377 for an application pack.

Page last updated: 
24 July 2013
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