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Youth Justice Volunteer Community Panel Member (CPM)

LB Redbridge: Youth Justice Service


Redbridge Youth Justice & Targeted Prevention Service

  • Are you passionate about helping children and young people ‘get back on track’ using restorative approaches?
  • Are you interested in holding a restorative meeting with children and young people (who have been sentenced to a Referral Order) and their parent/carer?

 If so, then applying to work as a Volunteer Community Panel Member (CPM), could be the role that you are looking for. You will be working with the Redbridge Youth Justice & Targeted Prevention Service, to reduce the likelihood of children becoming involved in further offending behaviour.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • As a Volunteer Community Panel Member, you will be specially trained in how to explore with the child what happened on the day of the offence and the harm caused, using open questions and restorative themes. 
  • A contract is then co-produced with the child and their parent/carer.  The Panel Members then meet with the child approximately every three months to review their progress until the end of their Order, when they hold a final panel meeting.
  •  Motivation to promote a process with children and parents/carers to prevent further offending.
  •  Integrity, discretion, and a firm commitment to confidentiality

  • A willingness to listen to advice and to the views of others;
  • A commitment to make a difference to children/young people and their families      
  • An ability and strong commitment to work without prejudice towards people of different ages, sexual identities, ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds;
  • Are willing to attend face to face meetings at the YJS (availability twice per fortnight).

Benefits to Volunteer

  • You will be making a difference to the lives of children and those harmed by the offending behaviour;
  • You will be presented with a certificate and an opportunity to register with the Restorative Justice Council, where there will be further opportunities to work towards accreditation in Restorative Justice.
  • You will receive Group Supervision and (one to one supervision is also on offer)
  • Ongoing support is provided with a named single point of contact.


What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications.

  • Volunteer CPMs must be at least 18 years old and a resident/work in Redbridge (or on the  periphery)
  • Can listen and communicate effectively
  • Have a non-judgemental approach
  •  Have an awareness of the issues affecting children and young people and those harmed by crime
  • Willing to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to starting the training
  • Commit to attending ALL the training, REGULAR SUPERVISION, PLUS follow-on TRAINING and WORKSHOPS
  • Commit to the Service for ONE YEAR, following completion of the training.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening
Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Children & Young People
  • Community Development
  • Community Safety
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Advocacy
  • Application Process
  • Online Application
  • Support provided
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteering venue wheelchair accessible
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Travel/mileage
  • Organisation Policies
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Other Information
  • Accessibility - additional information
  • Are there any age limits?
    No upper age limit however, must be aged 18 or over.
  • DBS checks - additional information
    Must be willing to apply for enhanced DBS
  • Expenses - additional information
    Travel expenses are available
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
    via one face to face interview
  • Reference can be provided after how long volunteering?
    After 12 months
  • Role is exempt from Ex offenders Act 1972
  • Support Provided - additional information
    Regular group and/or one to one supervision
  • Thanks / Recognition for Volunteer contribution
    Volunteers are a valued part of the service and this is recognised by the operational and corporate directors of People at Redbridge council and the YJS Management Board
  • Transport Info (nearest station / bus stop)
    Next to Barkingside tube, 10 minute walk to high street for buses plus car free parking on site
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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