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Working With Young Offenders

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 21 Mar 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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There are many young offenders in our society today; some of whom have chosen to break the law of their own accord whilst some have been unfortunately sucked into the mix by friends or gangs. Young offenders come from all walks of life and as such it is hard to say what characteristics are shown by them but regardless of what makes them young offenders they need help and support for youth workers and probation officers to try and help them get back on the right path.

Working with Young Offenders

Working with young offenders is a challenging and often moving experience. It is important to remember that whilst working with them they are often on probation or are under the instruction of an ASBO (Anti Social Behaviour Order).

Many young offenders have been in trouble more than once and the system feels it necessary to hand down a custodial sentence in order to try and rehabilitate them. This means that they will be sent to a Young Offenders Institution (YOI) which is one step down from the adult prison system. Here young offenders are given the opportunity to talk with counsellors about the nature of their offending and also get help with finding work on the outside and also re-educating them.

What Kind of Jobs are there Working with Young Offenders?

There are many different aspects to working with young offenders; many need help with personal difficulties such as problems at home or with gang affiliations. Others however need more practical help such as finding employment, completing a recognised period of education or finding somewhere to live.

There are a variety of different careers to choose from; here are just a few:

  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Volunteer worker
  • Youth Justice Officer

Youth Offending Teams

A Youth Offending Team (YOT) is responsible for all aspects of support and advice required when it comes to helping rehabilitate young offenders. Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) are often made up from individuals who work within the Probation Service, the Police, Social Services and Housing departments.

The primary remit of these Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) is to help establish a rapport with the young offender and help advise he or she on a course of action that will help them get back on the straight and narrow, providing along the way help with education, housing and employment.

How Can I Get Involved in Working with Young Offenders?

There are always volunteers wanted in most communities when it comes to working with the youth and young offenders. You should be able to conduct yourself in a caring and professional manner but still be able to relate and understand those coming into contact with you.

If you are interested in volunteer work you should first of all contact either your local Youth Offending Team (YOT) or your local authority who can point you in the right direction. However you should be aware that as an individual charged with working with those under age or considered to be vulnerable that you will have to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check completed before you can begin volunteering.

A DBS check is necessary before any individual can work with those considered to be under age or in a position of vulnerability and you should note that you will not be allowed to begin volunteering before this check has been completed.

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Jimmy P- Your Question:
This has been something I’ve been looking to do, I think I have a lot to offer to gang affiliated youth’s. I myself from a young age of 13 was involved with crime, to hit 18 and becoming a patch member of a 1% motorcycle club, by the age of 24 I was a commander. I’m now and have been free of crime for many years and want to help, only problem I see is my education level? or what I may be able to do to help youth see a different path by hearing and learning about my experiences, and how to see a better lifestyle.

Our Response:
In addition to volunteering, which may set you on course for a job working with young offenders, have you thought about something like an 'Access to Higher Education' course? You can see more via the link here, which can help you if you wish to fast-track to university.
WorkingWithKids - 22-Mar-18 @ 9:38 AM
This has been something I’ve been looking to do, I think I have a lot to offer to gang affiliated youth’s. I myself from a young age of 13 was involved with crime, to hit 18 and becoming a patch member of a 1% motorcycle club, by the age of 24 I was a commander. I’m now and have been free of crime for many years and want to help, only problem I see is my education level? or what I may be able to do to help youth see a different path by hearing and learning about my experiences, and how to see a better lifestyle.
Jimmy P - 21-Mar-18 @ 3:27 PM
I have a foundation degree in early years. A ba honours in Education. Currently work with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. I would like to work with young offenders but not sure where to start.
Lildebs - 24-Feb-18 @ 10:39 AM
Want to work with offenders how do i fullfill my dream career I have no clue where to start do i have to go college
Vixster - 15-Nov-17 @ 8:33 PM
@Mrs b - you could start volunteering, it's a good way in and can lead to a job after time.
BKnox - 8-Sep-17 @ 2:33 PM
Hi all I am in my 40s and wanting to work with young offenders /troubled teenage kids etc, I have no experience on paper but my own life experiences having my son been in prison and also others around me, etc, I am wondering how would I go about working with them wherr to start who to contact, what would be best thanks
Mrs b - 8-Sep-17 @ 10:17 AM
I am currently in my last year of studying a primary education course and would like to go into a field of work with young offenders. Could you please tell me what qualifications I would need to do this and would be degree qualify as one of them? Thank you.
Jess - 14-Apr-17 @ 10:23 AM
sunshine - Your Question:
I'm interested in working with young offenders, I was wondering what's the first step? If I need to go to collage first? If so what do I study? Any help will be gratefully appreciated

Our Response:
Jobs such as a young offender team officer, link here may interest you and it tells you what qualifications you will need. You may also wish to speak to your careers adviser who will be able to help you explore other options more fully.
WorkingWithKids - 8-Mar-17 @ 12:39 PM
I'm interested in working with young offenders, I was wondering what's the first step? If I need to go to collage first? If so what do I study? Any help will be gratefully appreciated
sunshine - 7-Mar-17 @ 3:28 PM
Miss - Your Question:
My daughter became involved with a very troubled young man that resulted in an abusive relationship.through it all I had a lot of dealings with the police victim support workers and the young man himself. Because of him and my experiences where I work has asked that I become a person to go to for the younger people at work to talk to. Is there something else I can do to be come more involved in this are of work?

Our Response:
You could either take a counselling route, or the young offenders' route, as specified in the article. You can see more via the National Careers website here. I hope this helps.
WorkingWithKids - 28-Jun-16 @ 1:50 PM
my daughter became involved with a very troubled young man that resulted in an abusive relationship...through it all I had a lot of dealings with the police victim support workers and the young man himself... Because of him and my experiences where I work has asked that I become a person to go to for the younger people at work to talk to... Is there something else I can do to be come more involved in this are of work?
Miss - 27-Jun-16 @ 8:58 PM
I'm currently working towards my PT & social qualification, I would appreciate any information on incorporating this into a routine working with young offenders .. Thankyou
Jojo - 9-Jun-16 @ 11:09 AM
Alexs- Your Question:
Would like to work with young offenders work with kids for 3 years

Our Response:
You could become a Probation Officer, please see link here for more information.
WorkingWithKids - 4-May-16 @ 1:35 PM
Would like to work with young offenders work with kids for 3 years
Alexs - 4-May-16 @ 8:55 AM
Hi my name is Tom 27 year old currently working in event security. Have studied child health and social care and have worked with children with learning disabilities at a summer camp in the United States. I feel I would love the chance to work and help young offenders that have had a bumpy start in life and get them on the right path in their life's. I would appreciate any advice on how to work with young offenders.
Tom88 - 3-Aug-15 @ 7:09 PM
Hi, I'm 18 years old and I'm currently studying business and I'm very close to finishing this course, this sector of work just doesn't seem to be cutting it for me and I feel like I can do better working with younger people and I've always been interested in working with young offenders. However I just don't know how I can start my new career path off. Where do I start??? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
beth - 4-Jun-15 @ 11:59 AM
would love to help young offenders to turn the life around, have a olt of experience
achy - 12-Mar-14 @ 3:37 PM
Can you point me in the direction of some support please? My son is in trouble but also has some deeper issues. I want to help turn his life around. But it is hard. TIA.
Tink - 27-Mar-13 @ 10:36 PM
Hi my name is jordan. I am 25 years of age.i work on power stations as an engineer . I feel like I am wasting my time doing this because I know I can make a big difference to child hood and helping children . I know I would be good at this because I have been through a lot in my child hood . And would be really good at understanding and helping the younger generation I would love the opportunity to help other and lead them in the right direction for a better future .
Jordan - 30-Aug-12 @ 6:40 PM
Hi im Melissa im Currently studying Substance And Misuse in University and have always had a passion to help young offenders and would love to be given the opportunity to any voluntary opportunuities , Many Thanks
mel - 21-Nov-11 @ 2:15 PM
I am a 20 year old student sudying Criminal Justice at university. I am looking to find a career working with young people and young offenders and would be grateful for any voluntary opportunities that I may be allowed to take part in. thanks.
Lauren - 13-May-11 @ 3:07 PM
Hi I am 20 year old mum studying a two year course at college on child care and education and was wondering what qualifications do I need to do paid work with young offenders.
kirsty66 - 10-May-11 @ 10:15 PM
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