What we do and apply to volunteer with us.

What we do

We work with young people who get into trouble with the law, helping them to stay away from crime. We:

The team includes workers from different organisations including the council, police, health service and probation service.

Young people are put in touch with the Youth Justice Service by the police or the courts. 

Apply to be a volunteer

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If there are not any current opportunities to become a volunteer, well keep your details and contact you before the next round of training.

Volunteer roles

Appropriate Adult

Young people under 18 must have an Appropriate Adult with them when police interview them about a crime.

If a parent or carer cannot be there, we'll get a skilled volunteer.

The volunteer makes sure:

  • the police are acting fairly
  • the child's welfare needs are met
  • the child understands the process

Find about the role of Appropriate Adult on GOV.UK Go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-for-appropriate-adults (opens new window).

Appropriate Adult volunteers must be at least 22 years old and live in Bristol, South Gloucestershire or Bath.

You'll get training and we'll pay your expenses.

If you'd like to find out more about this role, email the Appropriate Adult Coordinator, Julie Guest: yjs@bristol.gov.uk

Community Panel Member

Community Panels are held for children who have been sentenced to a Referral Order. They aim to help young people take responsibility for their actions and reduce re-offending.

Community Panel Member volunteers lead these meetings and agree a behaviour contract with the young person, their family and the Youth Justice Service practitioner.

You must be at least 18 years old and live in Bristol.

You'll get training and we'll pay your travel expenses.

If you'd like to find out more about this role, email the Referral Order Coordinator, Theresa Larke: yjs@bristol.gov.uk

We cannot accept applications from Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) or Magistrates who sit in Bristol, as there's potential conflict of interest.

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