Orensic Assessment Related to Juvenile Sex Offenders and Fitness for Duty

Forensic Assessment Related to Juvenile Sex Offenders and Fitness for Duty

The number of juvenile sex offenders has increased significantly over the last two decades, reportedly as there are more aggressive sexual acts from juveniles in a society focused on sex and violence. There are many confounding issues associated with assessing a juvenile for a sex-related crime. This is especially true when the offender who was assessed as being a low risk to re-offend is caught re-offending. This discussion question will help you to understand some of the confounding issues specific not only to conducting forensic assessments of juvenile sex offenders, but to conducting evaluations assessing fitness for dutya which is another type of forensic assessment that has become increasingly common in todays society.

When a persons life and/or livelihood is on the line, a poor or inaccurate assessment can have serious ramifications for the individual as well as for society. Imagine the impact of a poorly conducted assessment for a juvenile sex offender or for a police officer returning to work after a traumatic experience. In this Discussion, you explore several of the issues associated with assessing juvenile sex offenders and those being evaluated for fitness for duty, and reflect on why they are considered issues by the forensic psychology professional.

To prepare for this Discussion:

a? Review the online recommendations titled, The Effective Legal Management of Juvenile Sexual Offenders.Reflect on how the recommendations illuminate issues related to forensic assessment of juvenile sex offenders.

a? Peruse the Standards and Guidelines for the Evaluation, Assessment, Treatment, and Supervision of Juveniles Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses from the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board. Think about the issues related to forensic assessment of juvenile sex offenders that the guidelines attempt to address.

a? Review the online Fitness for Duty guidelines from the Official Disability Guidelines. Consider the recommendations for conducting fitness for duty assessments and think about how they relate to forensic work.

a? Think about the assessment issues related to conducting forensic assessments of juvenile sex offenders and individuals being evaluated for fitness for duty. Reflect on why the issues you identified are considered issues for forensic psychology professionals and think about the influence they have on both individuals and society.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a description of one issue related to forensic assessment of juvenile sex offenders and one issue related to forensic assessment of individuals being evaluated for fitness for duty. Explain why the issues you selected are issues for forensic psychology professionals conducting forensic assessments, using specific examples. Also describe the impact that each of these issues might have on individuals and/or society, again using specific examples.