Section 5: Supervision
2 Hours

Lecture Topic TOPIC: SUPERVISION

Part II: Developing Supervision Plans

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Now that we’ve established an underlying framework for supervision, we’re going to consider some of the “nuts and bolts” of supervision. As is the case with any youth within the juvenile justice system, the effective supervision of juvenile sex offenders is contingent on the development of a formal case management or supervision plan. In many ways, it becomes the roadmap for the youth—and for the various professionals involved in working with the youth and his family. As such, a supervision or case management plan must be viewed as a fluid document that is modified over time in response to changes in a juvenile’s circumstances, newly identified needs and concerns, increases or decreases in level of risk, and progress, improvement, and goal attainment.

Key Considerations to Guide the Supervision Plan

As we’ve emphasized many times throughout this training, juvenile sex offenders are not just “sex offenders” and they are not all alike. Therefore, supervision plans must be both comprehensive and individualized—one size does not fit all! This requires that several key issues are considered when developing these plans:9

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What are some other strengths that might be helpful to consider when developing supervision or case management plans?

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Standard and Specialized Conditions

As you begin to identify some of these key issues when developing a supervision or case management plan, the need to include certain restrictions or conditions will become apparent. As you know, youth who are under the authority of the juvenile courts or the juvenile justice system are generally expected to comply with a number of restrictions or expectations that provide structure and accountability.

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Some common or standard examples of these conditions include the following:

Do you think that these types of conditions should be included as part of a formal supervision plan for juvenile sex offenders? Why or why not?

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Now, do you believe that these conditions are always sufficient for juvenile sex offenders? Why or why not?

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Because juvenile sex offenders are similar in a number of ways to other youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system, these types of standard conditions can in fact be relevant as part of a formal supervision plan. However, there are also some important differences that must be taken into account, such as the unique dynamics involved in sexual victimization and some of the risk factors and intervention needs that are specifically relevant for juvenile sex offenders. For example, their exposure to some types of situations may be more problematic and risky for them than for “general” juvenile delinquents.

Therefore, standard conditions by themselves may not provide sufficient scope or flexibility for officers to supervise, monitor, and support these youth effectively. As a result, it is often important to include specialized conditions as part of a supervision or case management plan for juveniles who have committed sex offenses.12 Examples of specialized conditions include the following:

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These are among the examples of specialized conditions that may be useful to include in supervision plans for juvenile sex offenders. But remember, they are not all alike, so conditions should be imposed selectively, based on the individual youth and his circumstances. The recurring theme throughout this training is that one size doesn’t fit all—and this adage also applies to the use specialized conditions of supervision.

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