57. Appointment of officers. –
(1) The State Government may appoint as many probation officers, officers for the inspection of special homes, juvenile homes, observation homes or after care organisations and such other officers as it may deem necessary for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
(2) It shall be the duty of the probation officer –
(a) To inquire, in accordance with the direction of a competent authority, into the antecedents and family history of any juvenile accused of an offence, with a view to assist the authority in making the inquiry ;
(b) To visit neglected and delinquent juveniles at such intervals as the probation officer may think fit ;
(c ) To report to the competent authority as to the behavior of any neglected or delinquent juvenile ;
(d) To advice and assist neglected and delinquent juveniles and, if necessary, endeavor to find them suitable employment ;
(e) Where a neglected or delinquent juvenile is placed under the care of any person or institution on certain conditions to see whether such conditions are being complied with ; and
(f) To perform such other duties as may be prescribed.
(3) Any officer empowered in this behalf by the State Government may enter any special home, juvenile home, observation home or after-care organisation and make a complete inspection thereof in all its departments and of all papers, registers and accounts relating thereto and shall submit the report of such inspection to the State Government.