The work with juvenile delinquents requires special training, responsibility and devotion. Every day county juvenile probation officers deal with their small criminal offenders. Among their “clients” are first-offender juveniles or teenagers who have been conditionally sentenced before. Having spent a day in the County Juvenile Probation Department, I have learned a lot of things and got acquainted with a number of specialists who are engaged in this field.
Every specialist has his own duties and responsibilities related to the field he belongs. For example, a victims coordinator is a person who advises the people who have become victims of juvenile delinquent crimes on their inquiries on court process and other common questions. A drug counsellor works with juveniles who are addicted to drugs, alcohol or smoking. Along with a probation officer, physiologists, lawyers and doctors supervise and direct the young criminals.
However, juvenile probation officers are the people who spend most of their time with them. They are focused on providing the minors with the opportunity to rehabilitate in the environment. I had a chance to inspect the supervised area with a probation officer whose duty is to visit a number of houses every day. He comes to the house and checks if a teenager is at home. He interviews the parents and then he talks to the child to get a general picture of his physiological and physical condition. It is a tiresome and time-consuming routine that requires a lot of skills including sociability, watchfulness, flexibility, patience, good reaction, etc. A probation officer must quickly react to the situation of disturbance or aggressive outbreaks. He is to utilise different de-escalation techniques. It is essential for him to understand the signs of child abuse and other potential risks.
The rest part of the working day I spent watching a probation officer doing paperwork and improving his awareness of different laws and regulations. Moreover, he can be asked to conduct some investigation for the court or prepare a report on juvenile’s criminal history, his physical environment, peer relationships, drug abuse history and much more.
On the whole, probation officer’s day is rather stressful as he devotedly works with the criminals and other specialists whose major concern is rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents.
The work with juvenile delinquents requires special training, responsibility and devotion. Every day county juvenile probation officers deal with their small criminal offenders. Among their “clients” are first-offender juveniles or teenagers who have been conditionally sentenced before.