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Youth Offender Panels

 

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Youth Offender Panel?

Youth Offender Panels are a completely new way of dealing with young people who commit crimes. Local people will take the lead in challenging young offenders to take responsibility for their actions and helping them to change their behaviour for good.

Panels will also give victims a chance to say how the crime affected them and what might help put things right.

What are Youth Offender Panels for?

These panels are special because they involve local people 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 will be on the panels?

Each panel will have two community members who are volunteers from the local area and a professional from the local multi-agency youth offending team.

Who will the panel deal with?

Young offenders aged 10-17 years who plead guilty and have not been convicted before. This is an important opportunity to nip offending in the bud at an early stage.

Who else will be at the meeting?

The young person's parents will be 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.

We are looking for you!

We need youth offender panel members who can represent their local community. That means men and women of any age (18 or over) and from every ethnic and social background. 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!

Will I be trained?

We don't expect people to have the skills necessary to be a youth offender panel member from the start. We will offer full training, which will help you prepare for a challenging but worthwhile task. The initial training will last 6 sessions over 6 weeks. Once you become a panel member you will continue to get regular training sessions to support you in your work.

What if I have a criminal record?

Being a youth offender panel member involves working with children, and for that reason we are required to carry out a full criminal record check. Previous convictions, especially those which are minor in nature and old, will not automatically bar you from becoming a youth offender panel member. This is something we can discuss further with you.

How much of my time will it take?

We would expect you to spend about 2-3 hours a week on being a youth offender panel member. This covers preparing for and sitting on a panel approximately once a week for approximately 40 weeks of the year.

Will I get paid?

No. Community panel members are volunteers. You will not make money from being one, but equally you will not be out of pocket. Travel and childcare expenses will be paid.
 

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Youth Offending Team
31 Clarence Arcade
Stamford Street
Ashton-under-Lyne
OL6 7PT
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 7680
Contact by Fax
0161 342 7692