Prevention is better than cure

As Joe or Josephine public can we actually do anything about crime levels or have any influence at all? We can help in one way by being a volunteer on a youth offending panel.

It makes no difference where you come from or what you do, as long you are over 18 years old and able to give three hours per fortnight to sit on the panel and be fully trained. Each panel has two volunteers recruited from the local community that sit alongside professional members of the local youth offending team.  As part of the panel you will discuss the reasons for the offending behaviour with the young person and ensure that they are given positive help to prevent further offending and agree a tailor-made contract aimed at putting things right.

This is quite a challenging volunteer opportunity but lets be honest whoever said volunteering was easy.