Source: London: Youth Justice Board of England and Wales. Downloaded 10 December 2003.

It is stated at the beginning of this manual that the aim of the youth justice system is to prevent offending and re-offending by children and young people. The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales was established to provide leadership for these objectives. Toward this end, the Board has identified effective practice as a key element in developing and improving youth justice services. This manual describes the features of effective services, and it supports the identification of staff learning development needs. It covers key indicators of quality, restorative justice, guidance for practitioners, guidance for managers, and guidance for strategic partnerships. The manual can be used by anyone working with young people to reduce and prevent anti-social behavior and offending.

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