What does a Child & Youth Worker (620A) do?

Child and Youth Workers strive to improve the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of troubled children and adolescents.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Consulting with health and social agencies, physicians, dieticians, and family members in regard to mental/physical/emotional health, nutrition, and medication
  • Developing effective relationships with children and/or adolescents to support building self-esteem and improving behaviour
  • Developing thorough working knowledge of relevant acts and codes, including Child and Family Services Act, Young Offenders Act, Criminal Code, and Canada Food Guide
  • Effectively communicating with children, adolescents, families, and co-workers; collecting, analyzing, and appropriately presenting verbal and written information
  • Acquiring strong knowledge of community resources and cultivating community relations
  • Implementing strategies including planned daily activities, coordinated treatment interventions, and organized recreational and social activities
  • Helping develop and maintain individual and group treatment programs

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with English credits; co-op or volunteer work in social service an asset
  • Completion of 6,240-hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Child & Youth Worker (620A)?

  • Often employed wherever troubled children are housed; may live in facility or divide time between office, facility, and field visits
  • Some shift work may be required; job can be physically and mentally challenging
  • Possibility for advancement into supervisory positions; may pursue further education to become Social Worker, Psychologist, or Marriage and Family Counselor
  • Employers include provincial government boards, school boards, community youth programs, and private agencies (group homes, treatment centres)

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers average $24,000-$36,000 annually.

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