The District of Columbia Superior Court provides juvenile probation services through the Family Court, Social Services Division (FCSSD). The FCSSD, which provides services to about 1,600 juveniles each year, supervises newly arrested juveniles entering the court system, as well as Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) cases, and cases related to probation, diversion, and truancy issues.
Qualifying for Washington D.C. Juvenile Probation Officer Jobs
To qualify for Washington D.C. juvenile probation jobs, individuals are expected to possess a bachelor’s degree in a field related to juvenile probation (social sciences or behavioral science fields).
Candidates without a bachelor’s degree in a related field may qualify for juvenile probation officer careers in Washington D.C. if they possess a bachelor’s degree in a non-related field, plus at least three years of experience in a related field.
Probation Officer Training in Washington, D.C.
Individuals who achieve juvenile probation officer careers in Washington D.C. must complete training through the New Probation Officer Training Academy. The curriculum covered in the Academy includes:
- Referral resources
- Court operations
- Core competencies
Further, all juvenile probation officers in Washington D.C. must participate in on-going training, including court-sponsored training programs and conferences.
About the Family Court, Social Services Division (FCSSD)
The FCSSD oversees about 1,600 juveniles each year. The Court Social Services Division with the FCSSD provides supervision services (pre- and post-disposition) through two regions and eight satellite offices.
All juveniles, through the FCSSD, receive the same services, which include:
- Anger management groups
- Curfew checks (monitored by a probation officer as mandated by the court)
- Electronic monitoring
- Family group conferencing
- Home visits
- Indoor and outdoor community activities
- Nutritional snack/meals
- Office visits (structured visits with a probation officer)
- School visits/school monitoring