The Juvenile Act (Act 33 of 1996) defined new roles and responsibilities for juvenile courts and juvenile probation in Pennsylvania within a balanced and restorative justice context. In 2000, the Crime Victims’ Act extended new rights to victims of juvenile crime. These laws are the legal mandate for the Juvenile Probation Department to provide assessment intake, diversion, pre-disposition investigations, supervision and after care to youth and services to victims of juvenile crime as well as other services described in the links to the left.
For purposes of supervision, the county is divided into three geographic areas; central, eastern and western. The sex offender unit, intake unit and court investigation unit oversee the entire county. Juvenile probation officers meet with juveniles and their families at home, at their jobs and in schools. In carrying out their roles and responsibilities, some of the juvenile probation officers’ skills include:
- counseling, crisis intervention, mediation
- role modeling
- referral and coordination of services
- liaison with schools, police, residential placements and collateral services
- safety/apprehension techniques
- job development