A chair and up to eleven other members are to be recruited by the Home Office to the Youth Justice Board of England and Wales. It will be established by October 1998.
The Home Secretary announced to the House of Commons on 8 April 1998 that the Home Office would start recruitment while the Crime and Disorder Bill is debated in Committee. This will allow the new Board to be ready for action as soon as the Bill becomes law.
The Crime and Disorder Bill provides that the Board will be a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office. The Board's statutory functions will be to:
advise the Home Secretary on drawing up standards for the work of youth offending teams and the reorganisation of secure accommodation for young offenders. It will monitor performance against those standards and publish the results;
identify and disseminate good practice;
advise the Home Secretary on the operation of the youth justice system in delivering its aim of preventing offending by young people. The Board will report to the Home Secretary. Where appropriate the Home Secretary will refer issues relating to the courts to the Lord Chancellor.
It will have a total full-time administrative staff of up to ten by the end of the financial year 1998/99 and annual running costs of£1 million.
The initial work of the Board will include:
advising the Home Secretary on the action needed to establish youth offending teams;
ensuring the information needed to monitor the youth justice system effectively is available;
ensuring local agencies are taking the necessary action to reduce delays.
The chair and members of the board are required to have extensive recent experience of the youth justice system. The chair will be expected to work two to three days a week on average. Board members will work two to three days a month on average.
1. The establishment of the Youth Justice Board was announced in the White Paper 'No More Excuses - A New Approach to Tackling Youth Crime in England and Wales' (CM 3809) published in November 1997.
2. Provision for the Board is included in the Crime and Disorder Bill which received its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 8 April 1998.
3. The chair and members of the board will be appointed by the Home Secretary in consultation with ministerial colleagues.
4. The advertisements will appear in the national and regional press from 19 April 1998.
5. Remuneration for the Chairman will be in the range of
£24,000-32,000 for a two day week or 336,000-48,000 for a three day week. Board members will be paid a daily fee of£136 for each day worked up to 3 days a month.