Child and Youth Care Worker

Youth Workers provide structure, guidance, and assistance: they  implement plans of care for children and youth, assess and respond to recreational and social needs of children and youth, and assist parents/guardians and others in their relationships with children and youth. Some responsibilities might be ensuring safe environment for youth, performing emergency procedures, crisis intervention, physical restraint, and identifying signs and symptoms of abuse; monitoring health, identifying emotional, mental, and physical problems; helping build self-esteem and negotiating focused goals.  Organizational duties include completing documentation, performing administrative duties, testifying in court and managing workload. Child and youth care workers often work as part of a team of social workers, psychologists, recreation therapists, foster care workers, teachers and other professionals. They help integrate the efforts of all these specialized professionals with children, youth and families who may be experiencing emotional or behavioural challenges. Due to their on-going close involvement with children, youth and families, child and youth care workers are in an ideal position to help these individuals to be advocates for themselves and to take responsibility for their actions. Child and youth workers are employed through school boards, group homes, hospitals, and correctional facilities. Employment in this field is expected to grow because of opportunities linked to government spending on community and health resources. Also known as Caregiver, Child Care Professional, Community Support Worker, Youth Care Worker.

Skills Required

  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • decision making and problem solving skills
  • the desire, ability and maturity required to engage in intense therapeutic relationships with children, youth and families
  • the ability to be reliable and consistent
  • the flexibility and creativity required to adopt new ways to do things
  • the ability to work in a team environment with children, youth, and families, and other professionals

Child and Youth Care Workers should enjoy working with young people and families, keeping in touch with others involved in the helping process, and finding innovative solutions to problems.

Education/Training Required

College diploma in youth care and/or bachelor's degree in social sciences

Schools Offering Career Program

Holland College
Eastern College
Le College Acadie

Average Starting Salary
$39,520

Growth Rate
Good

Education Required
1-2 years