The Juvenile Justice System holds youth accountable and each youth accepts responsibility for his or her actions and develops competencies.
Goal: Act to restore the victim and community and develop skills to become responsible community members.
How Can I Help My Child To Be Accountable?
Your child has an obligation to repair the harm he or she has caused. This is called accountability. Your child is accountable to the victim, the community and to you, as parents.
- Recognize that caring means setting limits and following them. Know when to say "no."
- Treat everyone, including youth, with respect.
- Know where your child is.
- Be involved in your child's life. Spend time with your child and talk about things that are important to them. Listen to what they say.
- Place a high value on helping others.
- Have the courage to say you're sorry.
- Acknowledge your child's developmental abilities and access outside support if necessary.
- Display self control over your own behavior.
- Explore your child's wants, needs and perceptions.
- Ask for help if you need it.
How Can I Help My Child To Become More Competent?
An important goal of the Juvenile Justice System is for your child to develop competencies or skills that he or she could use to help themselves become productive adults.
- Help your child to build skills - Teach him or her to carry a notebook to record assignments, teach your favorite hobby or just encourage them in what they like to do best.
- Make sure that your child is attending school daily.
- Insure that your child is progressing through academic assignments. Talk to his or her teacher and monitor his or her school work.
- Encourage your child to work toward a vocational goal or higher education.
- Help your child to try something new, like computers or drama or art.
- Respect the rules of your community. Treat other people the way you wish to be treated.
- Teach your child interpersonal skills. It will aid him or her in their social development.
- Make sure that your child is responding appropriately and respectfully to authority figures.