Youth Justice Board

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) is an executive non-departmental public body. Its board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice. The YJB oversees the Youth Justice system in both England and Wales. The organisation focuses on preventing offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18, ensuring that custody for them is safe, secure, and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.

Recent Work

Access 2 Youth & Criminal Justice Careers

25 undergraduates and recent graduates were invited to develop an understanding of the core elements of the Youth Justice System and in turn learn more about career options and opportunities. The insight day was pact with training sessions throughout the event. In response to the negative stereotypes placed upon young people and enforced by the media this event aimed to provide graduates and undergraduates with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the Youth Justice System. Students were given the opportunity to hear from practitioners about current issues and dilemmas in the youth justice system

Internship Programme

Youth Justice Board Internship Programme

We have been working closely with the YJB to manage an internship designed for Ex-offenders. The programme entails both pre-employment training and also the opportunity to gain practical experience at the YJB headquarters to increase chances of future employment.

Application Process: This is a 2 Step application Process.

Successful Applicants will need to attend a compulsory pre-employment training

Post training, applicants will be short-listed and processed to interview stage.

Contract Type: Temporary contract

Part Time: 3 days per week

Location: London

Salary: £14,924 pro-rata+ £3,020 pro-rata London Living Weighting

Start Date: Immediate


This internship is designed specifically for ex- offenders.

We are looking for Candidates aged 18-25.

There is no gender preference. We aim to offer pre-employment training to an equal number of male and female candidates for the Programme.

Specific responsibilities of the role

  • Up-dating and maintaining office systems and databases
  •  Liaising with other staff to ensure information is received on time and is complete.
  • Organising meetings and committees, ensuring that rooms and equipment are booked, papers are distributed in good time and to the right attendees and arranging the entry of visitors into the building.
  •  Assisting with the organisation of events
  • General administrative support tasks such as photocopying, filing, making travel/ accommodation bookings, managing colleagues diaries as requested and to cover periods of leave.
  • Handling enquiries and requests for information from internal and external sources professionally and effectively; and passing issues to the relevant colleague without unnecessary delay.
  •  Drafting standard letters and notes; taking minutes of meetings.
  •  Mail distribution and collection
  •  Formatting of documents and presentations.
  •  Carry out any other reasonable duties expected of the grade.

To apply for this internship complete an Expression of interest form here

If you wish to refer someone for this opportunity you can Make a referral here 

Deadline: Decemberr 29th, 5:00pm

Case studies and Testimonials

Ex- Offender to Worker : Internship Opportunity at the Youth Justice Board

Case Study 1: Lucas Kelly

Lucas Kelly, 20 is the Author of the book A Life Less Than Ordinary Published in February of 2013. Lucas Wrote this book Whilst in an institution. Lucas  recently completed pre-employment training at Elevation Networks and was later offered a 3 months paid Part-time internship at the Youth Justice board.

I was very intrigued by the whole process. It was fun and straight to the point. I found the training very informative and interesting, and I believe that the people training me were very sufficient in their teaching methods. Furthermore, I was able to actually attempt to do some work on excel which at first was difficult but got easier throughout the training.

The interview process was straight forward and actually very enjoyable. I felt comfortable with the interviewers which I did not expect. Also the interviewers were very benevolent towards me, and didn’t try to make me feel awkward or out of place. I believe that my job has been made easier because of the informative training I received and also because of how laid back the interview was. Overall I would say that the training was beneficial to me and I felt welcomed in the interview.

Access 2 Youth & Criminal Justice Careers

CASE STUDY 1: Lisa Kwatia

Lisa Kwatia is currently studying Criminology at Lincoln University and will be graduating in 2014.I found out about the youth justice event through an email from elevation networks about upcoming events. Here is Lisa’s review of the event:

My highlight so far since attending the event has been meeting with Ashfield prison’s governor, Brian Anderson and spending half a day with him learning about how the prison is run and everybody’s role and having a tour of the prison and interacting with some of the young offenders themselves and sitting in on a meeting with the staff enabled me to experience what working in this field is like and what it entails.

Furthermore, since this event I was able to network and meet professionals within my ideal career sector and have been in contact with them. One of these being Barrister Dev Kumar Parmer who offered me a shadowing and speaking opportunity regarding sessions he runs in schools.

Neither of the above would have been possible had I not attended this event which enabled me to make that initial contact.

I would highly recommend attendance to this event as it is not only informative, but enables you to meet and contact with professionals within the field who may be difficult to get in contact with independently and allows you to meet and be among likeminded, passionate students which is very encouraging.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed and gained a lot from the event and I am glad to have been given the opportunity to attend.

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