Youth Justice Board (recruitment of up to four members)

Body: Youth Justice Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: up to 4 members
Remuneration: £250 per day
Time Requirements: 3 days per month, for three year tenure

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    26/03/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    26/11/2020 at 09:00


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

As a Board Member, you are expected to:

  • Provide independent advice, monitoring and scrutiny of, the youth justice system;
  • Support the maintenance of a strong working relationship between the YJB and its partner organisations,
  • Scrutinise and challenge the YJB executive; and
  • Be an effective ambassador for the YJB in promoting a distinct Youth Justice system country wide



  • There must be no employment restrictions, or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to your application; and
  • You should not be employed in the UK civil service.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria 

Candidates will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of/ability to engage and work with a range of diverse stakeholders including those at senior levels; exceptional interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Experience of analysing complex information and making evidence based sound judgements which lead to practical and sound recommendations;
  • Proven ability to drive forward reform, and to challenge and be innovative in your approach. An ability to promote solutions and bring innovative approaches in doing do;
  • A strong commitment to equality of opportunity and a clear understanding of the factors that can transform the lives of the most vulnerable young people;
  • A strong commitment to helping young people achieve their potential, and supporting children who have offended to get their lives back on track.


Desirable criteria:

  • Evidence of valuing and promoting diversity; and

Experience of one or more of the following areas:

  • Working in the voluntary and community sector with a solid understanding of the needs of disadvantaged young people;
  • Working in the public sector delivering services to children and young people;
  • Academic or opinion-former specialising in youth justice;
  • Advocating or representing the voice and needs of children and young people; and
  • Working in the judicial system, perhaps as a Magistrate.

Additional Information

For successful candidates, confirmation of appointment will be subject to basic clearance and CTC checks, covering confirmation of identity and right to work in the UK plus a criminal record check. This will involve completion of several paper and electronic forms and can take up to twelve weeks to process.

If you have any questions about any aspects of this post, you are welcome to contact Campaign Manager, Kathy Malvo by e-mail at

How to Apply

To make an application please complete the diversity monitoring form by clicking the link below


Can you also please send:

A CV (maximum two sides of A4) detailing your qualifications, employment history and any appointments or offices you hold. Please also provide your preferred contact number and email address

A personal statement (maximum two sides of A4) providing evidence against the role criteria and your suitability for the post, including evidence of leadership qualities and a vision for the organisation. Please consider the role and criteria carefully in preparing your statements. Information from Advisory Assessment Panels indicates that applications which offer specific and tailored examples against the criteria, making clear the candidate’s role in achieving an outcome are often the strongest. Structuring the statement around the criteria using relevant headings also aids clarity.

Guidance on how writing an application is provided at (Appendix 2).

Please also complete and return the following supporting documents:

  • potential conflicts of interest;
  • referee details;
  • the diversity monitoring form;
  • political activity declaration (section 3, diversity monitoring form); and
  • public appointments held (section 16, diversity monitoring form).
Conflict of Interest
Reference Request form - Sept 2019
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