Governance and sustainability

This section is about getting the right governance in place to support Youth Justice Liaison and Diversion (YJLD). A good governance framework is essential for sustaining the future of local schemes.


The key principles of good governance for YJLD sites are:

  • A clear focus on the purpose and desired outcomes for children, young people and their families
  • Clarity about roles and functions
  • Clear lines of accountability
  • Arrangements in place for managing risk
  • Transparent decision making
  • Engagement with key partners.


The key principles underpinning the development and successful continuation of a high-quality service are:

  • Robust organisational structures and processes
  • Policies and procedures designed to ensure continuous improvement in service quality, with a focus on interventions that are informed by evidence of effectiveness in achieving specific outcomes
  • The involvement of children, young people and families
  • Due attention to safety issues, with support for staff that includes supervision, training and personal development.

Tips for supporting sustainability

  • Nominate a local YJLD programme lead.

  • Establish a local steering group, accountable for your scheme’s development plan.

  • Know and map the key strategic partners and forums in the area.

  • Develop a communication strategy for updating partners and forums about progress and about the views of young people and families.

  • Identify outcomes that are shared commissioning and service priorities locally and try to incorporate these into the model. Together with other agencies, the task is to make and take every opportunity for providing an engaging and accessible service for a group of young people (and their families) who, although small in number, have high and multiple needs.

  • Collect data that demonstrates the progress being made towards achieving these priorities, and keep a clear focus on measuring the effectiveness of the scheme.

  • Develop close links and working arrangements with other youth justice work and with mainstream services and those in the voluntary sector. Think broadly about the services that might be relevant, including services for early intervention for vulnerable families, as well as services for families with complex or multiple needs.

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