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Youth mentor - St Helens Youth Justice Service are recruiting for a number of volunteer mentors to support children and young people in the age range of 8-18 in the St Helens area who are involved with the Youth Justice System. Our aim is to deliver a bespoke mentoring service which will respond to the individual needs of the child or young person. These needs may include education training and employment, addiction, family and relationships, housing, health and well-being and attitude, thinking and behaviour. While establishing a positive and supportive mentoring relationship, your role will be to empower children and young people and help them to develop skills, enabling them to make informed decisions on their future, engaging them in activities within the community and to follow action plans in order to reduce re-offending. You will be required for a minimum of one to three hours per week.

Panel member - Youth Offender Panels are chaired by two panel members and the panels are held on Wednesday evenings with additional daytime panels arranged as required. The meeting consists of the child and their parent/carer, a Youth Justice Service representative and the victim (where possible and/or appropriate). The panel meeting is run in a restorative way to discuss the harm caused and ways to repair this. The child and the parent/carer then agree and sign the Referral Order Contract that the child must comply with while they are subject to the Referral Order. Using a scripted format, your role would be to lead and monitor the young person's compliance with their Referral Order during a panel meeting, suggesting appropriate interventions that best suit the child or young person and participate in the successful completion of their intervention plan and contract. You will be required on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

Skills and qualifications required for both positions:

  • You will need to be 18 years or older.
  • A desire to work with young people and their families.
  • A desire and interest to work with victims of crime.
  • Able to relate to and communicate with children.
  • Committed to equal opportunities.
  • Reliable and punctual.
  • Good listening and communication skills.
  • A non-judgemental approach, good organisational skills.
  • Common sense and patience are essential.
  • An understanding of the issues facing children.
  • Willing to commit to the scheme for a minimum of one year.
  • Understanding of the issues of confidentiality.

For further enquiries or to request a volunteer application form, please contact:

Megan Stephen, St Helens Youth Justice Service
Email: meganstephen@sthelens.gov.uk
Tel: 01744 677990

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