What juvenile courts need to know to support kids in the post-pandemic era
Living through a pandemic has significantly impacted young people, their families and the social structures that support them. Many of the individual and environmental protective factors that reduce the likelihood of juvenile court involvement – including school connectedness and pro-social supports – have been compromised during and because of the pandemic. The long-term impacts for adolescents, as well as our youngest children, are yet to be seen. The field of juvenile justice practice and policy has made great strides in recent years to implement strategies that work to divert low-risk juveniles, effectively identify and address the criminogenic needs of young people and reduce recidivism. Courts need to prepare now to effectively serve young people who have experienced school disconnectedness, social isolation and exacerbated mental health needs. Please join NCSC in a six-part webinar series focused on how juvenile court stakeholders can best support young people in the post-pandemic era across the justice system.
The number of justice-involved youth placed in facilities had been decreasing before the pandemic, and we are learning much more about how to improve the placement and reentry experience for those youth who are placed out of their home. In this session, Kim Godfrey will describe lessons learned from young people in placement during the pandemic and recommendations for helping them to successfully reintegrate into their homes and communities when they leave placement. Brett Peterson, Director of Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services, describes how Utah successfully applied best practices to improve the way they serve young people who are placed out of their home.
Moderator: Teri Deal, NCSC principal court management consultant
Contact: Rachel Buck, NCSC court management consultant