Juvenile delinquency mediation provides an alternative for first-time offenders to work with victims to come to a resolution.
Mediation is considered suitable for most juvenile first-time status offenses where the victim (complainant) is willing to participate. This course prepares mediators for cases in which a private citizen or an officer has alleged that a child, juvenile, has committed a delinquent or unruly act. Juvenile cases are also referred to mediation in an effort to settle a portion of the case, especially restitution issues.
Mediation gives the complainant and the offender an opportunity to meet, talk about the offense, express concerns, and negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. In this course you will look at the process for juvenile cases and how it differs from the process in magistrate, state and superior courts as well as differences among the participants in the process. The course covers child development issues, cultural awareness, alcohol and drugs, youth diversity, and a multitude of other issues related to the juvenile offender. Don’t worry…we thoroughly cover the legal aspects of working with juveniles and the ethical considerations of working with minors in the mediation setting.
The course is 21 hours (3 days). You will leave informed, enlightened, overwhelmed, but mostly encouraged that there is hope for the future of our kids