Youth Justice Board triennial review 2013

Closed 15 Feb 2013

Opened 8 Jan 2013

Results updated 21 Nov 2013

A combined report detailing the findings of Stage One and Two of the Triennial Review of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB). Stage One, looking at individual functions and alternative delivery options and Stage Two, looking at the control and governance arrangements of the body.



 Triennial Review programme

The Government’s response to the Public Administration Select Committee report ‘Smaller Government: Shrinking the Quango state’ sets out the plans for reforming public bodies. It includes new Triennial Review requirements for Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPB).

Triennial Reviews are expected to take around six months and are carried out by the Sponsor Department of the respective bodies. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is the sponsor Department for the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB).

Purpose of the review

As custodians of the public purse, whether paid by the professions or directly from public funds, it is important that we deliver an efficient and effective service to the public.

The periodic review of our NDPBs is one of the ways that the Government intends to ensure that we maintain a lean, but effective public sector.

A Triennial Review is a Cabinet Office mandated process for reviewing the functions of NDPBs, the appropriateness of the body’s delivery mechanism and its governance arrangements.

The Triennial Review is divided into two Stages:  

  • Stage 1:  the continuing need for the Youth Justice Board to carry out each of its functions in their current form; and

  • Stage 2: where it is agreed that the individual functions should remain, to review the control and governance arrangements in place to ensure that the public body is complying with recognised principles of good corporate governance. 

This call for evidence falls within the Stage 1 remit for Triennial Reviews, as mandated by Cabinet Office.

The review itself will take into account evidence submitted by stakeholders during other recent reviews where this information continues to be relevant. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Safeguarding the Future: a review of the Youth Justice Board’s governance and operating arrangements (2010);
  • The Ministry of Justice Public Bodies Bill Consultation Paper (2011);
  • The Justice Select Committee Report into the abolition of the Youth Justice Board (2011);
  • The Public Accounts Committee: Reorganising central government bodies (March 2012);
  • The Public Accounts Committee: The youth justice system in England and Wales: reducing offending by young people (February 2011);
  • The Justice Select Committee Inquiry into Youth Justice (2012); and
  • National Audit Office review into the youth justice system in England and Wales (2010).

Please submit your evidence in writing to:

YJB Triennial Review team
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France

Or by email:

All submissions must be received by the latest Noon on Friday 15 February. We cannot consider late submissions.

Respondents should be aware that the final report will be published in Parliament and may contain stakeholders’ comments.


  • Citizens
  • Local authorities
  • Youth workers
  • Young people
  • Charities
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Government departments
  • Legal professionals
  • Young offender institute staff
  • Police
  • Offenders
  • Victims
  • Youth Offending Team workers


  • Youth Justice