Equality and diversity

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales' equality and diversity statement and how equality and diversity are monitored.

We are committed to ensuring that equality remains at the heart of what we do. This includes how we:

  • design and deliver our policies and services to the public
  • procure and commission from others
  • act as an employer

The Equality Act 2010 extended legal protection to groups with ‘protected characteristics’. The protected characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

The general duty

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) is a public body within the meaning of the act and must therefore pay due regard to the need to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited under the act
  • advance equality of opportunity between those who share protected characteristics and those who do not
  • foster good relations between those who share protected characteristics and those who don’t

Our specific duty as a public body is to be transparent about how we will demonstrate compliance by publishing one or more equality objectives.

Strategic aims

We aim to ensure that YJB staff at all levels reflects the diversity of the society they serve and to ensure our HR practices remain compliant with the equality statement.

You can read our full equality and diversity statement and planned actions in the YJB equality and diversity strategy (PDF, 179KB, 13 pages)

Monitoring equality and diversity in our workforce

We publish data on the make-up of our workforce in the YJB equality and diversity report (PDF, 67KB, 3 pages) .