Ellie Roy has quit as Youth Justice Board chief executive after four years in the post to take up a job at immigration body the UK Borders Agency.
She said she was proud of improvements made during her tenure including boosting information sharing to safeguard young people in custody and ensuring reducing youth offending was central to the local government performance framework introduced this year.
YJB chair Frances Done said the board had made major changes under Roy’s leadership which “will endure for many years to come”.
However, the board has also endured a turbulent time, particularly over the past 12 months. It widely missed its key performance target to reduce numbers in youth custody by 10% from 2005-8, with numbers actually rising by almost 10%.
And its ability to safeguard young people in custody was called into question during the inquests into the deaths of Adam Rickwood and Gareth Myatt last year and the accompanying debate about the use of restraint on young offenders.