SCYJ responds to Government’s plans to break up the YJB

SCYJ has responded to the Government’s plans to break up the Youth Justice Board. You can read the full response here.

“SCYJ is disappointed by the Justice Secretary’s announcement that the Youth Justice Board (YJB) is to be broken up, believing it to be a retrograde step.

“The transfer of all youth custody responsibilities from the YJB to the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, risks the development of an adult-centric and fragmented approach to children who offend. Charlie Taylor’s recent review for the government called for a ‘integrated, seamless and coordinated’ response to the challenge of reducing offending by children. We agree. This announcement will make this harder.

“We welcome, however, the appointment of Charlie Taylor as the new Chair of the YJB. We firmly support the principles asserted in his review, as well as many of its recommendations, and hope that he will have the opportunity to put them into practice.”