We are a non-departmental public body responsible for overseeing the youth justice system in England and Wales.
We support our partners to prevent offending and reoffending by under-18s and achieve wider positive outcomes for children, young people and communities. These partners include:
- youth offending teams (YOTs)
- community youth justice services and their partners
- the youth secure estate – under-18 young offender institutions (YOIs), secure training centres (STCs) and secure children’s homes (SCHs).
Who we are
We are an organisation of around 180 people and our headquarters are in London.
Within England and Wales we’re responsible for:
- advising the Secretary of State for Justice on the operation of, and standards for, the youth justice system
- the placing of children and young people remanded or sentenced to custody
- identifying, making known and promoting good practice
- commissioning research and publishing information on youth justice issues
- monitoring and overseeing the youth justice system
- monitoring the extent to which the aims of the youth justice system are being achieved, and compliance with national standards
- 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
From 2016 to 2018, our priorities will be to:
- develop and champion a child-centred and distinct youth justice system
- develop a ‘centre of excellence approach’ in youth justice
- drive continuous improvements in youth justice services
You can find out more in our latest annual report and accounts.