Referral Order Panel Member

Facilitate a restorative meeting with young people.

Specific tasks

  • Familiarise with case background pre-panel.
  • Engage and facilitate a conversation with the young person, parents/carers and victim (if present) in order to create a tailor-made and individual contract aimed at repairing some of the harm caused.
  • Discuss and recommend programmes which can help reduce the likelihood of re-offending.
  • Review young person’s progress.
  • In partnership with the Youth Justice Officer (YJO), evaluate and consider cases of non-compliance.


  • Post-training commitment - Minimum one year.
  • Panel availability - Two sessions per month.
  • Sessions - Monday to Friday (morning, afternoon or evening).


  • West Sussex
  • Panel locations:
    • Crawley
    • Horsham
    • Burgess Hill
    • Worthing
    • Bognor Regis
    • Chichester.

Selection criteria/skills required

  • Over 19 years old.
  • An interest in, and empathy for, young people.
  • Non-judgemental attitude.
  • Good communication skills and ability to chair meetings.
  • Ability to operate in line with the key principles of Restorative Justice.
  • Ability to operate as part of a team.
  • Ability to be appropriately assertive.
  • Professional approach to the role.
  • Able to respect and operate within service policies and procedures.
  • Commitment to, and engagement with ongoing support, training and development.

Benefits/commitment to the volunteer

  • 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.
  • Be trained to run a Restorative Justice Conference.
  • Reimbursement of transport cost and/or mileage allowance at 45p per mile.
  • WSCC Public Liability Insurance.
Last updated:
3 January 2024
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