CANW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

ROLE TITLE: Criminal Justice Team Volunteer

REFERENCE: CJ01

 

DESCRIPTION OF ROLE:

CANW’s Criminal Justice Team has a proud history of providing support for young people involved in the youth justice system. We are looking for volunteers who can work in partnership with staff to be a positive role model and offer practical support helping to provide alternatives to being in Custody and support the young person to access relevant services, positive activities and tackle issues within their lives. We have 3 main services that volunteers can get involved in:

EYJS (extended youth justice service) which operates on Saturday and Sunday mornings providing mostly home visits to young people on court orders who are high risk of reoffending, on bail or on licence from custody. Sessional staff carry out offence focussed work and assist with accessing positive activities, volunteers support the sessional staff to deliver the service.

Statutory Reparation in Blackburn and Darwen, which operates most week days into early evening and alternate Saturday mornings. This service is for young people who have received a court order and part of that order is to complete some hours of reparation (community work – painting, allotment work, gardening etc.)

Triage Reparation which operates most afternoons on weekdays and Saturday mornings. This service is for young people who have been arrested but have been diverted away from court as the offence is low level. These young people are given a second chance by completing a “Triage” session, which is a one off session that can include understanding consequences work, community work and sign posting to other agencies when further needs are identified. The young person will not receive a criminal record after completing this session.

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Valid driving license and access to own transport
  • You must be over the age of 18 (21 for EYJS)
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable and flexible in order to meet the needs of young people
  • Access to computer and ability to use Word.
  • To commit for a minimum of 6 months from the date training has been completed

 

Desirable (not essential as training will be given):

  • Experience of working with young people and families within the community
  • An understanding of Safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults

 

DAYS/HOURS: Various hours to suit your availability, 7 days a week. To be able commit to a minimum of 2-3 sessions per month.

 

WHERE: Opportunities available throughout Lancashire (Skelmersdale, Chorley, Preston, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn, Rossendale, Fleetwood, Lancaster and Morecambe).

 

WHEN:  This role will begin asap and then be on-going

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • Induction, training, supervision and development opportunities will be available.
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checked against the Child’s Barred List and references will be sought for this roledue to the nature of our charity. However, people with criminal records should still apply if interested as previous convictions will be considered on an individual basis regarding suitability for specific roles and/or events.
  • Travel reimbursement of 45p per mile.

 

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:

This is a fantastic opportunity. You will build your confidence and skills around working with vulnerable/challenging young people and it will give you an invaluable insight into Youth Justice and some of the issues young people face. You will also have the opportunity to network with various relevant agencies in Lancashire and raise your awareness of what they do and how they work collaboratively.

 

If you are interested in this voluntary role or would like any more information, please contact Leanne Labrow, Volunteer Coordinator, Child Action Northwest, 01254 244700, llabrow@canw.org.uk

 

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