Future of Youth Justice Board and Youth Offending Teams

21 July 2011

The Justice Committee has decided to hold a brief inquiry looking at the future of the Youth Justice Board and youth offending teams

The Government has proposed to abolish the Youth Justice Board and establish a dedicated Youth Justice Division within the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice now has sole responsibility for national governance of youth justice—which used to be shared with Department for Education—and there has been more devolution of power and funding to local authorities.

The inquiry will seek to answer the following questions:

  • What impact, if any, have changes to national governance arrangements for youth justice had on the Youth Justice Board and youth offending teams?
  • What impact, if any, have changes to funding arrangements had on youth offending teams?
  • How can reductions in the number of young people entering the criminal justice system and being sentenced to custody be maintained most effectively within existing levels of funding?

Call for Evidence

Written evidence should be in Word (no later than 2007) or rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible, and sent by e-mail to

The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2011.

Further information 

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