Section 5: Supervision
2 Hours

Lecture Topic TOPIC: SUPERVISION

Interacting with Parents and Caregivers in the Office Setting

Recognizing that it’s not appropriate to work with these youth in isolation of their parents or caregivers, it’s typical for juvenile supervision officers to meet fairly regularly with parents and caregivers in the office setting at the beginning of the supervision process—and then consistently thereafter. Near the outset of supervision, officers will likely want to do the following during office visits that include parents and caregivers:

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Regular, ongoing office contacts with parents and caregivers throughout the course of supervision are important as well. Officers can use them to:

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Conducting Home Visits

As was noted earlier, the homes of these youth are another important setting to work with these youth and their parents or caregivers. Home visits provide an opportunity for officers to see these juveniles and their family members in their natural environment. Ideally, officers conduct both scheduled and unannounced home visits during traditional working hours and at non–traditional times, such as in the evenings and on weekends. During home visits, officers will probably want to:

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So it’s clear that parents and caregivers are essential partners in the work of juvenile probation and parole officers, but it’s probably not realistic to expect their full support and cooperation from the outset of supervision in every case. The time and energy that is invested educating them about the management process, emphasizing the importance of their participation, and providing or referring them to needed programs and services, will likely pay enormous dividends in terms of their ability to collaborate with supervision officers and play an active role in holding their child accountable and supporting his success in the community.35

Working with the Schools

Aside from the home, school is probably the place where these juveniles spend most of their time on a daily basis. Therefore, as we’ve mentioned already, early and ongoing collaboration with the schools is critical. Unfortunately, this can be an area that is neglected in juvenile sex offender management, and it can be very challenging.

There are a number of important considerations when working with the schools.

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There are a number of jurisdictions across the country that have done very good work with schools and have successfully integrated them into the juvenile sex offender management process; one noteworthy example is the state of Colorado.36

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