The Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit operates in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice and its mission statement and guiding principles.
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) mission is to protect the public by preparing court-involved youth to be successful citizens. To accomplish this mission, DJJ uses an integrated approach to juvenile justice. It brings together current research and best practices to better understand and modify delinquent behavior; to meet the needs of court-involved juveniles, victims, and communities; and to manage activities and resources in a responsible and proactive manner.
In order to be successful, the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) recognizes the need to focus on both the positive development of the young people in the system and the positive development and sustainability of the staff who serve them. DJJ identifies four guiding principles to meet the needs of youth and staff:
- Safety: Youth and staff need to feel safe in their environment and need a sense of physical and emotional well-being.
- Connection: Youth and staff need to feel connected to supportive and caring adults, whether they are family, staff, or co-workers.
- Purpose: Youth and staff need to have goals to strive toward, skills to hone, and a sense that they have a valuable role to play in the lives of people and the community around them.
- Fairness: Youth need to perceive their environment and interactions as fair and transparent. They need to be held accountable in a manner proportionate to their offense and offense history and similar to other youth in their situation. Staff need to feel that they are treated fairly, compensated adequately, and supported in their efforts to meet DJJ’s expectations.