What Is a Juvenile Intake Officer?

A juvenile intake officer works as a type of parole officer, processing complaints concerning youthful offenders. A juvenile intake officer assesses criminal situations, including police reports and social history, to determine a proper course of legal action for children and teenagers.

Juvenile intake officers work with family courts and rehabilitation facilities. The officers refer juveniles to the proper court or treatment facility. Most often, a juvenile intake officer has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice psychology or social services. Some juvenile intake officers who work in entry-level positions straight out of high school gain adequate work experience and advance to intake officer without a college degree.