What does a Child and 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 and 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.


Child & Youth Worker (620A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have excellent communication skills? Are you comfortable working in high-stress situations?
Do you have good problem-solving skills? Can you make quick decisions?
Are you able to leave your work at work? Do you have the maturity and strength to deal with highly sensitive situations?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines? Do you have a clean criminal record?
Are you creative and flexible to consider all methods or treatments?
Do you have the ability to work closely with others?
Are you reliable, a self-starter and able to work with minimal supervision?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Child & Youth Worker (620A) may be for you!

You might want to look at these similar trades as well;

  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Specialist

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