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Youth Justice Board

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) is the government body that oversees the youth justice system.

It is the role of the YJB

  • to prevent children and young people under 18 from offending or re-offending; and,
  • to ensure custody is safe and secure, and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.

When a child is remanded or sentenced to custody, the YJB decides where they should be placed. This might be to a secure children’s home (SCH), secure training centre (STC) or for boys, an under-18 young offender institution (YOI). Only boys aged under 18 can be sent to a young offender institution. There are no young offender institution facilities for girls.

There is guidance on how the Youth Justice Board places a young person in custody, and how to question a placement decision.

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) website is here.