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West Mercia Youth Justice Service

Looking for a new experience? Want to help young people from your community? Do you have some spare time?

We need Youth Offender Panel members who can represent their local community.  That means men and women of any age (18 and over).  We want people who are good at listening and talking.  So if you have a degree from the University of Life and a Diploma in Common Sense, we’re looking for you!

What is a Youth Offender Panel?

Youth Offender Panels are a way of dealing with young people who commit crimes - Local people take the lead in challenging young offenders to take responsibility for their actions and helping them to change their behaviour for good. Panels also give victims a chance to say how the crime has affected them and what might help to put things right. As a Youth Offender Panel member you will have a key part to play in developing this new approach to tackling crime

Who will the Panel deal with?

Young offenders aged 10 to 18 who have been to Court for the first time and pleaded guilty. This is an important opportunity to nip offending in the bud at an early stage.

What are Youth Offender Panels for?

These panels are special because they involve working with young offenders, their parents and victims.  Panel members will talk and listen to these key people and agree with the young offender a plan of action designed to put right the harm already done and prevent future offending. Panels aim to: ensure young offenders take responsibility for their behaviour; help put things right for the victim; bring young people back into the law-abiding community.

Who else will be at the panel meetings?

Each Panel will have two community members who are volunteers from the local area.  A professional from the local multi-agency Youth Justice  Service will also sit on the panel to advise community members.

Who else will be at the panel meetings?

The young person’s parents will be there along with any other adults who may be able to offer support and guidance. The victim will normally be invited to attend in person and can bring someone with them to provide moral support.  Alternatively, they can ask for their views to be taken into account or be represented by someone else at the panel meeting.

If you are interested in volunteering for West Mercia Youth Justice Service, please contact Dave Williams on: 01905 732200 or Davinia Preece on: 01952 385963