The Probation Officer: Responsibilities

One of the probation officer’s job is to evaluate your child and write up a report about them that the judge will then use/review for the court case. This report will be handed to the judge at the disposition hearing. This report will contain:

-If the probation officer considers your child to be guilty or not of the crime
-A detailed copy of your child’s arrest record
-Information about the crime and how your child participated
-Statements from the child, family, close family friends etc
-Your child’s school records
-Statements from the victim

Another duty of the probation officer is to enforce the court’s orders. Therefore your child will be observed by the officer and make sure he is obeying the law and the orders of his probation. They will meet with your child from once a month up to a few times a week depending on the situation and the crime that was committed. The probation officer will also attempt to get your child more involved with community activities and school programs, including job training if they are old enough.

Should the judge decide that it’s better for the child to live away from home, the probation officer will be the one to fine a suitable place for your child to live, whether it be with family, close family friends or in a group home or institution. If your child is put in a group home or probation camp, or is sent to the California Department of the Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice, you must:

-Ask the probation officer about how to get in contact with your child. It’s important to stay in touch with your child
-Be encouraging and supportive of his/her progress int he program
-Be empathetic to your child’s situation. Try to understand how difficult these times are for your child
-Create a safe and supportive home for when your child returns home
-Teach your child to be responsible for their behaviour

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