Up to 10 Members plus 1 Welsh Member of the Youth Justice Board. PAT150032-YJB-MEMBERS

Body: Youth Justice Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Judicial, Prison & Policing
Location: The role is currently based in Central London however some travel may be required.
Number of Vacancies: Up to 11 members
Remuneration: The roles are remunerated at a daily rate of £250 (unless you already receive a salary for full-time work paid from public funds in which case there is no additional salary). Remuneration is taxable and subject to Class I National Insurance contributions. Reasonable standard travel expenses will be payable. The posts are not pensionable.
Time Requirements: Around three days per month.


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    18/09/2017 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

  • Kate Pettifer

    Panel Chair

    MoJ Director Offender and Youth Justice Policy, Probation and Youth Justice Policy (Panel Chair); • Departmental Official

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  • Colin Allars

    Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board • Representative of Organisation

    sitting in place of Charlie Taylor on 28th November only

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  • Sarah Stoney Added 14/09/2017

    , Deputy Director Wales Office Legal Advisers, member with Welsh justice expertise • Other Panel Member

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  • Paula McDonald Added 14/09/2017

    Judicial Appointments Commission Independent Panellist, independent member • Independent Member

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Vacancy Description

The role of a Board Member is to:
o Provide strategic direction for the YJB in fulfilling its statutory function to provide independent advice on, and monitoring and scrutiny of, the youth justice system;
o Engage with stakeholders across the youth justice system to meet the organisation’s corporate aims;
o Scrutinise and challenge the YJB executive; and
o Act as an Ambassador for the YJB in promoting a distinct Youth Justice system countrywide.

Person Specification

Essential criteria
o Effective leadership skills with experience of/ability to engage with a range of diverse stakeholders including those at senior levels and exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
o Experience of analysing complex information and making sound judgements based on evidence, leading to practical recommendations;
o Proven ability to bring about reform, and to challenge and be innovative in your approach. An ability to promote solutions and bring learning from new fields; and
o A strong commitment to equality of opportunity and a clear understanding of the factors that can turn around the lives of the most vulnerable young people.

Experience specific criteria:
To ensure a balance of expertise within the Board and to achieve the YJB’s challenging objectives, Board Members should have experience in one or more of the following areas;
o Working in the voluntary and community sector with a firm understanding of the needs of disadvantaged young people;
o Working at a senior level in the public sector delivering services to children and young people;
o Senior business private sector experience in commissioning and / or delivering public services and of securing efficiency savings whilst improving outcomes;
o Academic or opinion-former specialising in youth justice;
o Advocating or representing the voice and needs of children and young people; and
o Experience and knowledge of commissioning and / or delivery of health care services that meet the needs of children and young people in community and custodial settings – including mental health, language and communication and substance misuse arrangements.

Member with experience of the youth justice system in Wales
In addition to the areas listed above;
o Experience of working within the devolved administration in Wales.

Additional Information

o It will be important that a Member’s other commitments do not cast any doubt on their ability to act independently and impartially in discharging the role; any potential conflict of interest must be declared.
o All Members are required to adhere to the YJB’s code of practice and rules of conduct – these documents are available at:

How to Apply

Send the following documents:
o A copy of your CV;
o A supporting letter of no more than two sides that evidences how you meet all the criteria;
o Details of any potential conflicts of interest;
o Previous or current public appointments;
o Names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
o Political activity declaration form; and the
o Equal opportunities monitoring form.

Complete applications should be sent to: PublicAppointmentsTeam@justice.gsi.gov.uk, receipt of applications will be acknowledged.


Supporting documents (2017-june 17)
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