Youth Justice Board

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Youth Justice Board
YJB logo Gov.uk.jpg
Formation 1998
Legal status Non-departmental public body
Headquarters London
Region served
England and Wales
Chief Executive
Colin Allars
Website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/youth-justice-board-for-england-and-wales

The Youth Justice Board (Welsh: Bwrdd Cyfiawnder Ieuenctid), for England and Wales (YJB) is a non-departmental public body created by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to oversee the youth justice system for England and Wales. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice, and its Board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice. It also receives funding from the Home Office and the Department for Education. In November 2011 the government dropped plans, contained in the Public Bodies Bill, to abolish the Youth Justice Board.[1]

Functions[edit]

The YJB's primary function is to monitor the operation of the youth justice system and the provision of youth justice services. Within England and Wales it is responsible for:

  • using information and evidence to form an expert view of how to get the best outcomes for children who offend and for victims of crime
  • advising the Secretary of State for Justice and those working in youth justice services about how well the system is operating, and how improvements can be made
  • identifying and sharing best practice
  • promoting the voice of the child
  • commissioning research and publishing information in connection with good practice
  • monitoring the youth justice system and the provision of youth justice services
  • making grants, with the approval of the Secretary of State, for the purposes of the operation of the youth justice system and services
  • providing information technology related assistance for the operation of the youth justice system and services

Board Members[edit]

Members of the YJB’s Board are appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice. The current chair is Charlie Taylor [2]. Previous chairmen include Lord McNally, Norman Warner, Baron Warner, Rod Morgan & Frances Done. Other current Board members include:

The YJB's current Chief Executive is Colin Allars.[3] The organisation has about 180 staff.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC Online". Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Youth Justice Board website". Retrieved 15 March 2018. 
  3. ^ "Youth Justice Board website". Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Youth Justice Board website". Retrieved 31 May 2015.