This manual is for youth justice service practitioners and managers.
Section 37 of the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act states: “It shall be the principal aim of the Youth Justice System to prevent offending by children”.
You can read more about the Youth Justice Board’s (YJB) work towards this aim in our strategic and business plans.
The national standards for children in the youth justice system accompany this guidance and are intended to guide both strategic and operational services’ understanding of what is expected at each stage of a child’s journey through the justice system. Members of management boards should also read youth justice service governance and leadership.
This guidance details how these standards should be put into practice. It includes current research and evidence and the Child First guiding principle runs throughout it.