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Peer Resolution

Be a Peer Resolution Volunteer

At present, applications for Peer Resolution volunteers are closed. However, please read below for information on the Court-annexed Peer Resolution application Programme.

What is Court-annexed PR?

  • It’s when the court asks a group of young people to recommend solutions for young people who find themselves before the court for minor offences.

  • It’s an opportunity for you to help young people.

  • It’s a chance for you to have a say in what happens to young people.

Keep reading below for more information on youth PR Volunteers.

Click here to jump to information on adult PR Volunteers.

 

Youth Peer Resolution Volunteers 

At the time of application, Youth Peer Resolution volunteers must be aged 13-17, living in Trinidad and Tobago and interested in:

  • helping others
  • understanding how the Courts work
  • building leadership, decision-making and team-working skills
  • boosting self-confidence and communication skills
  • meeting other young leaders
  • meeting child justice professionals
  • finding mentors
  • pursuing future careers in social work, psychology, law, sociology, law enforcement and more.

CLICK TO SEE THE YOUTH VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM HERE

 

What Volunteer Roles can youth fill in PR?

There are 6 volunteer roles for children in court-annexed PR. They include Peer Assessors, Peer Advocates (comprising Respondent Advocates, Victim Advocates, Community Advocates), PR Support Officers and PR Marshals. Click on the following to download descriptions of each role:

 

Volunteer Expectations

Being a PR Volunteer is exciting. It is also an important responsibility that you should not take lightly. We want you to understand fully what is involved in being a volunteer so we encourage you to read the PR Volunteer Rules of Conduct and the PR Court Procedures and Instructions Guides. The PR Volunteer Rules of Conduct guide gives information about how volunteers are expected to conduct themselves.   Volunteers should behave as role models to other peers, maintain a good standard of conduct and help other peers to do the same. The PR Court Procedures and Instructions guide tells you when PR hearings usually take place. It also explains what volunteers are expected to do to prepare for PR hearings as well as the actions volunteers and other persons perform during and after PR hearings.

Click here to view the PR Volunteer Rules of Conduct

Click here to view the PR Court Procedures and Instructions

 

PR Training

Young people must be trained in order to become PR volunteers. The training topics include:

  • Leadership
  • Managing Personal Change
  • Youth Brain Development
  • Offences and Sanctions
  • The Question Process
  • The Deliberation Process
  • Courtroom Protocols and Etiquette

 

The Application Process

Applications are now closed, however, the following steps must be followed when applying to become a  Peer Resolution youth volunteer:

  1. You must complete the PR Youth Volunteer Application FormPlease note that you need the consent of a parent to apply. Your parent should therefore sign the Application Form in the space provided.  You also need a reference letter from an adult who knows you in order for your application to be considered complete. Please note that your referee should not be a family member. Attach your reference letter to the application form before submitting.

  2. Submit the form via email to jcp.tt@undp.org or drop off at a participating court location or the JCP Office.

Drop offs should be done between the hours of 8am and 4pm on weekdays only.

Click here to view the PR Youth Volunteer Application Form.

 

Selection Criteria

There are several criteria that are used to shortlist applicants for Peer Resolution training. Applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 13 - 17;

  • have submitted the Youth Volunteer Application Form complete with their parent’s signature and an attached  reference letter  within the deadline given;

  • be willing to take part in PR training during the last wo weekends of January, 2017; and

  • be willing to adhere to the Peer Resolution Volunteer Rules of Conduct.

Adult Peer Resolution Volunteers

From time to time, the Court will accept applications from adults who are interested in becoming adults for the Court-annexed Peer Resolution programme. At present, no applications are being taken for adult Peer Resolution volunteers.

However, if you are 18 or over and fall into any of the following categories, you may consider applying to become an adult Peer Resolution volunteer when the application period reopens.

  • Child Development Specialist
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Court Operations Specialist
  • Educator
  • Guidance Counsellor
  • Judicial Officer
  • Law Student
  • Lawyer
  • Parent
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Tertiary level student
  • Other appropriate field

See the PR Adult Volunteer Form here.

 

What Volunteer Roles can you fill in PR?

There are 2 types of PR volunteer roles for adults in the Court-annexed Process. They are general volunteers and trainer volunteers.

  1. General Adult Volunteer - Responsibilities include:
  • Providing supporting and guiding role to younger volunteers (13 to 17)
  • Mentoring young volunteers in PR roles
  • Providing support to respondents (children who come before the court for minor offences) while they carry out their sanctions

 

  1. Trainer Adult Volunteer - Persons interested in this role must have experience as an Educator or a Trainer. Responsibilities include:
  • ​Delivering  training to PR adult and young volunteers on their PR roles and functions   

 

PR Training

Adults must be trained in order to function as volunteers. Training topics include:

  • Restorative Justice and Peer Resolution
  • The Questioning Process
  • The Deliberation Process
  • Tools and Techniques for explaining, teaching and guiding child volunteers in their PR roles and functions
  • Mentoring children

 

The Application Process

The Applications period is now closed. However, the following provides you with the usual process for applying.

  1. Complete the PR Adult Volunteer Form. 
  2. Submit the form via email to jcp.tt@undp.org

Click here to view the PR Adult Volunteer Form.

 

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