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Safeguarding the Future

A review of the Youth Justice Board’s Governance and Operating Arrangements

The Youth Justice Board was created in 1998 to drive and oversee the significant reforms made to the youth justice system. Its founding legislation gave it the functions, and necessary powers, to monitor the operation and performance of the youth justice system, advise the government on this and identify and disseminate good practice. The additional role of commissioning and purchasing custodial places was granted in 2000, giving the YJB a wide remit over the provision of youth justice services. Since then, major improvements have been made in the approach to preventing crime, dealing with young offenders in custody and the community and reducing reoffending.