VACANCY - Youth Justice Co-Ordinator (volunteer)

For the past two years, the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union has been trialling a new process for dealing with Red Cards and other judicial matters involving our tamariki and rangatahi. Instead of having them dealt with by the Complaints Review Officer as a 2-week suspoension or a Judicial Hearing, we've been trialling a Youth Justice or restorative justice process.  If a young person admits their offending, a formal gearing is dispensed with and a Whanau Group Conferences iis held in it's place.  The purpose is to hold the child or young person accountable for their actions, while also wrapping whanau support around them, and unpicking any potential internal and external causes for the behavour.  The aims of this trial was to remove, wherever possible a suspension sanction, while at the same time reduce the chances of the tamariki or rangatahi re-offending in future by working through any underlying causes.  Including whanu or other support people into the process enabled a multi-pronged way of dealing with matters.


Over the two years, the trial achieved all that it set out to achieve.  Not one single tamariki or rangatahi who attended a Whanau Group Conference has re-offended since the implementation of this restorative justice process.


The role of Youth Justice Co-Ordinator is a volunteer role.  Your key responsibilities will be to chair the Whanau Group Conferences  of our tamariki and rangatahi.  The process is realtively simple,  anyone under the age of 18 who, as a result of being sent off, cited, or received two (2) yellow cards in a rugby match administered by the Bay of Plenty Rugby Union during a calendar season who, after having received a copy of the initiating report, admits the contents. 


While our Competitions Administrator organises the conference and ensures the right people are in attendance, your role is to facilitate the conversations and using your experience in policing, social work or working with children and young persons, you'll strive to achieve the outcomes that were achieved during the trial.

This trial was administered by the General Manager Community Rugby, who is now seeking expressions of interest from a passionate and hard working volunteer from the community who has previous experience in working in a similar role in the public sector.


The number of conferences per season is NOT overly taxing, approximately 4-7 per season, during terms 2 and 3 of the school calendar with each conference (usually conducted online but can be face to face if everyone resides locally to each other) takes between 30-60 minutes.


Full training will be given to the successful candidate. 


To apply for this position, send your 1 page CV and a 1 page cover letter to Pat Rae, the General Manager Community Rugby at pat@boprugby.co.nz.  


​​​​​​​Form more information, feel free to contact Pat on 029-487-8429.


Applications close 5.00pm Friday 8th March 2024.