The Youth Justice Improvement Board was set up by the Scottish Government to drive forward the implementation of the Youth Justice Strategy ‘Preventing Offending: Getting it right for Children and Young People’, published in June 2015.
The Board is chaired by Michael Chalmers, Director of the Scottish Government’s Children and Families Division, and includes senior representation from a wide range of organisations including Police Scotland, COSLA, SCRA, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) as well as education, health and third sector. The Board also involves young people in meaningful ways.
At a national level, the Youth Justice Improvement Board aims to drive a culture of improvement in youth justice to make a sustained impact on priority areas.
The Board meets at least four times a year. Implementation Groups, which are project managed by CYCJ, were set up to focus on the three priority areas of Advancing the Whole System Approach, Improving Life Chances and Developing Capacity and Improvement.