Referral Order Panel Member

West Sussex County Council - Youth Justice Service

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Interested in restorative justice for young people?  Looking for a volunteering role offering excellent training and skills development? If so, please read on....

We are looking for volunteers to train to become Referral Order Panel Members in West Sussex.
Your role will be to facilitate a restorative meeting with the young person post-sentencing, accompanied by their parents/carers, to talk about what happened and the impact of their actions on the victim/s or community.
Specific tasks
1. Familiarise yourself with the case background before the panel meets.
2. Engage and facilitate a conversation with the young person, parents/carers and victim (if present) in order the create a tailor-made and individual contract aimed at repairing some of the harm caused.
3. Discuss and recommend programmes which can help reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
4. Review the young person’s progress.
5. In partnership with the YOS Advisor, evaluate and consider cases of non-compliance.


We are looking for people who:

  1.  Are over 19 years old.
  2.  Have an interest in, and empathy for, young people.
  3.  Have a non-judgemental attitude.
  4.  Have good communication skills and ability to chair meetings.
  5.  Have the ability to operate in line with the key principles of Restorative Justice.
  6.  Have the ability to operate as part of a team.
  7.  Have the ability to be appropriately assertive.
  8.  Take a professional approach to the role.
  9.  Are able to respect and operate within service policies and procedures.
  10.   Have a commitment to, and engagement with ongoing support, training and development.


  • The chance to make a real difference in the lives of young people and their communities.
  • Opportunity to be part of a committed and enthusiastic team.
  • Full training, ongoing support and role development sessions.

Practical Considerations


You will receive comprehensive training before you start the role and must be available to attend our next training programme which is planned for April/May 2024 in Horsham.

Please note this is a long term volunteering role. We are only able to accept applications from people who are able to commit to volunteer for at least one year after being trained. 

When do I need to be available?

Details Referral Order panel meetings are arranged across the county and can happen at any time Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and occasionally early evening. Panel members are asked to give availability for when they are free and what area they would like to cover.
Morning Afternoon Evening

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  • Expenses
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Other
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Suitable only for (e.g. 18+, LGBT, BAME, Women only)
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training