Juvenile Probation Officer job description

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Description

Juvenile Probation Officers are intermediaries between the system of justice and offenders who are not yet at an age where they can be jailed. They have specific duties of supervision and help in the rehabilitation of young criminal offenders providing behavioral monitoring and counseling. These professionals help offenders to find better options in life by having meetings with them and their families. They are also required to make daily rounds to juvenile´s houses to make sure that they are in compliance with court orders.

Juvenile Probation Officers usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Taking part in regular training programs.
• Preparing documents.
• Motivating adolescents.
• Teaming up with surveillance officers to supervise young offenders.
•   Designing rehabilitation plans.

Skills

• Being able to deal with people from different backgrounds.
• Having good communication skills.
• Being able to motivate others.
• Having IT skills.
• Being patient.
• Having physical endurance and emotional stability.
• Being resourceful.
• Having interpersonal skills.
• Being detail-oriented.
• Having problem-solving skills.

Education

Juvenile Probation Officer job placements usually demand candidates having a High School Diploma, a four-year Degree or a College Degree in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Juvenile Studies, or subjects related to Psychology. All professionals working on this field must undergo an initial training period that last forty hours. There are some organizations that offer internship programs in order to provide to candidates suitable knowledge, skills, and experience for other future jobs in this field. These officers can also obtain a certification to have better job opportunities. This qualification is offered by the American Correctional Association.

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