About us

We are a non-departmental public body responsible for overseeing the youth justice system in England and Wales.

Who we are

We are an organisation of around 100 people and our headquarters is in London.

Our responsibilities

Our primary function is to monitor the operation of the youth justice system and the provision of youth justice services. Within England and Wales we’re 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

Our priorities

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.