Juvenile Justice Officer

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Juvenile Justice Officers are responsible for the assessment, supervision, community support and casework for juvenile offenders. This is done in order to reduce offending, protect the community and direct offenders toward law-abiding lifestyles to create safer communities. As a Juvenile Justice Officer your role may include informing juvenile offenders of their legal rights, liaising with various members of the justice system, community and families, preparing court reports, assessing, placing and supervising offenders on Community Service Orders, parole release and work experience, organising community care placements and utilising community resources to complement these schemes. Aside from working with offenders, you will also work with victims of crime, be involved with crime prevention and in developing wider community relationships.

Juvenile Justice Officers need to have good communication and negotiation skills, an understanding of issues relevant to juveniles and juvenile justice. They also have to have behavioural sciences or related university degree, a criminal records check, and a current drivers license.

Community Corrections Officers hold a similar role to Juvenile Justice Officers; however they supervise adult offenders and work in community based centres, program centres, prisons or courts. They also need tertiary qualifications in a behavioural sciences or related field, criminal records checks and current drivers licenses.