Referral Order Panel Member (LYOT)

Any member of our community can become a Referral Order Panel Member. Being a panel member involves attending a Referral Order Panel at your local Youth Offending Team. A panel meeting takes place after a young person has committed an offence, has been to court for the first time and pleaded guilty. The panel brings together the young person who has committed the offence, their parents/carers and depending on their choice, the victim to discuss what has happened.

We are recruiting to the following area:

East – Burnley – The Zone, Mount Pleasant Street, Burnley, BB11 1LW

Please note: our opportunities vary across the county.

An enhanced DBS is essential to this role (at no cost to the volunteer)

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It is the responsibility of the panel members to play an active role in determining what work is required of that young person to avoid further offending and to make amends for the offence. This will involve reading documentation relating to the young people attending panel that evening. Formulating ideas with your fellow panel members on how to address any problems which seem to be leading to their offending behaviour and communicating those to the young people, their parents/carers and, depending on their choice, the victims.

Referral Order Panels are held on a specific week night, according to location.

Volunteers must be willing to commit to 12 months service with us.


Required Qualities:

  • Good time management, Punctuality, Commitment, Reliability
  • Good reading and writing skills, Questioning and listening skills
  • A flexible approach, Adaptability Work as part of a team, Facilitation
  • A person-centred approach, Support, Empathy, Mediation, Self-Reflection
  • Confidence, calm, An open mind, Non-Judgmental Approach
  • Maintaining confidentiality, Creativity, An ability to see the overall picture
  • Knowledge of… Desirable knowledge and understanding:
  • The Youth Justice System, Referral Orders (RO), Referral Order Panels
  • Restorative Justice, Different roles within LYOT
  • Safeguarding, Current factors impacting on young people
  • YOT interventions available for young people
  • Understanding of…
  • The requirements of young people at LYOT
  • Local Community Issues, Local Government
  • The necessity to attend ongoing training
  • SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound).


Please be advised that training to join LYOT as a Referral Order Panel Member will require a commitment to an induction training process.

The mandatory training sessions will take place as follows:-

Training Session 1 (5pm – 8pm)

7 May 2018 – East

Training Session 2 (9.30am – 4.30pm)

12 May 2018 – All to attend at County Hall, Preston

Training Session 3 (5pm – 8pm)

14 May 2018 – East

 Restorative Justice Training Session (9.30am – 4.30pm)

26 May 2018 – All to attend at County Hall, Preston

Prior to the classroom training, you will need to complete a number of e-learning modules through the ‘Youth Justice Interactive Learning Space’ (YJILS) and the Lancashire’s Children and Young People’s Trust.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to begin volunteering with us without first completing all the necessary aspects of the induction process, including the e-learning.

Required Age:

18 years +


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The Zone, Mount Pleasant Street, Burnley, BB11 1LW

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If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator for a chat, or click apply now.

Email: Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

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