What is a social history interview?

The juvenile and his/her parent(s) participate in a semi-structured interview that provides the probation officer with some of the information needed to conduct a risk assessment. Information from the risk assessment helps guide the juvenile probation officer in making recommendations in a report provided to the Magistrate Judge. Input from parents regarding risks, needs and protective factors also helps guide the recommendations.

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1. What is a social history interview?
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