The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, provides consultation, technical assistance, and training to serve local, state, and national leaders, practitioners and youth-serving agencies to improve system performance and outcomes for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. The RFK National Resource Center focuses primarily on youth with prior or current involvement in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, known as dual status youth, the review and improvement of juvenile probation systems, and the use of a model framework to address the state and national laws and policies governing the exchange and sharing of data, information, and records for youth and families.
As part of Our Work, the RFK National Resource Center provides support and resources to communities seeking to improve outcomes for youth and families served by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Nationwide, communities receiving our on-site support have achieved remarkable outcomes by taking on a Dual Status Youth Reform Initiative or conducting a Probation System Review. Our site-based consultation and technical assistance is tailored to each community to guide jurisdictions through a collaborative exploration of data, practice, resource, and legal matters in order to design, implement, and sustain meaningful reforms. In addition, we support jurisdictions undertaking reform by providing numerous online publications and resources.
The Risk Screening Tool & Risk-Needs Assessment Implementation Checklists were developed to assist probation departments and juvenile justice agencies in their review and evaluation of the quality of their implementation practices and quality assurance methods and mechanisms in relation to their risk assessment and risk-needs-responsivity tools. Used internally or through external facilitation during the Probation System Review, the completion of these Checklists provide an opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses, and align the use of their adopted tools with standards of best practice.
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The RFK National Resource Center’s Newsroom features news, media, and other announcements from the field, including these recent features:
Federal Policy Update: Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize JJDPA
On August 1, 2017 the U.S. Senate passed the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.860), to update and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 1974. [Read more…]
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