Court Duty Volunteer

  • Court Duty Volunteer
  • Teeside Crown and Magistrates Court
  • Nepacs

The purpose of the Nepacs Court Project
Court Duty Volunteer is to offer information, advice and support to families.
Having a visible presence in the court and using telephone support, volunteers
support families by listening and offering information and advice when someone
close to them is sentenced or remanded in custody. Families of
prisoners often say they feel isolated in their community and unable to cope.
Volunteers aim to help individuals by offering a listening ear, a helping hand
and friendly support to help family make the next steps.

Department

Criminal justice system, court, support, information and advice.

Responsibilities

Main tasks include:



·
To
find out and identify from the court lists and by liaising with probation and
court staff the court cases where custody is anticipated



·
To
approach families tactfully when a custodial sentence is imposed with the offer
of support and information.



·
To
develop positive working relationships with court staff



·
Be
available for families who may be distressed



·
Ensure
that any leaflet racks are well stocked



·
To
manage caseload and commit time to an agreed schedule of establishing contact
with families



·
To
offer genuine understanding, empathy and emotional support



·
To
provide regular reports to Court Project Coordinator on the progress of the
relationship, notifying them of any difficulties in the relationship and seeks
advice on how this should be resolved.



·
To
complete case notes information, case studies and monitoring forms

Knowledge & Skills

Skills
required:



·
To
have an interest in the needs of prisoner’s families



·
To
be respectful of the traditions of the courts



·
To
have a professional but empathetic manner



·
To
be friendly and approachable



·
Be
punctual and reliable



·
To
have excellent listening and verbal communication skills; ability to
communicate confidently with a wide range of people



·
To
be able to work well independently



·
To
be non-judgmental

Expenses:

Public transport costs or mileage up
to 22 mile radius at 40p per mile.

Training
and support:

·
Initial
project induction and training

·
Level
1 Safeguarding training available

·
Invite
to Nepacs Generic induction

·
Volunteer
meetings are held at regular intervals throughout the year

·
NEPACS
offer a training day for all volunteers annually



















·
Volunteers
are eligible to attend some prison organised training

Volunteers can expect:

·
Support
from staff

·
Training
opportunities

·
Invitation
to volunteer meetings









Recognition of their work

General Requirements

Commitment



Nepacs asks volunteers



·
To
commit to the project and its purpose and give notice of absence as soon as
possible



·
To
undertake an induction programme



·
To
agree to a DBS check (this will require a form of photo ID)



Apply

Please complete the form below to register your interest in the opportunity.