The central institutions of Youth Justice: Government bureaucracy and the importance of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

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Abstract

The government’s recent ‘bonfire of the quangos’ put at issue the future of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB). Drawing on research with YJB staff, ministers and civil servants, this article argues a central body like the YJB is crucial for youth justice. The institutions of government bureaucracy are an important part of the penal field in which policy is produced. An ‘arm’s length’ body outside the civil service allows central decision making to be directed by expertise and child-centred principles. However, the same features that make the YJB important also make it both high risk for ministers and difficult to defend.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-225
JournalYouth Justice
Volume14
Issue number3
Early online date26 Dec 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • bureaucracy
  • England and Wales
  • Youth Justice Board
  • policy
  • government

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