Child & Youth Worker

ACA, Unrestricted Certified Trade


  • Protect self and others by maintaining a safe environment via safety inspections, emergency procedures, crisis intervention techniques, physical restraint techniques, and identifying signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Practice and promote health through consultations with health professionals, social agencies, and by monitoring health and emotional problems
  • Communicate with clients, colleagues and other health and social professionals
  • Build relationships with clients by demonstrating interest in the client, responding to client's behaviour, building self-esteem and negotiating focused goals
  • Plan and set up appropriate programs by identifying client's physical, mental, and emotional requirements
  • Work in a group setting by planning, organizing, leading, and facilitating group activities
  • Work with the family to assist in identifying and assessing client's needs
  • Establish goals and plans of action
  • Participate as a member in a team environment by promoting and maintaining professional conduct, resolving conflict, acknowledging individual differences and supporting team members
  • Perform organizational duties by completing documentation, performing administrative duties, testifying in court and managing workload

Personal Qualities

  • You like helping people
  • You like working with young people with problems
  • You are in good emotional condition and will work to stay that way
  • You have the emotional stamina to give of yourself
  • You respond well to stress
  • You are well organized and have a high energy level
  • You are safety conscious
  • You are dedicated to lifelong learning
  • Review the Essential Skills profile for more qualities required

Career Opportunities

  • Child and youth workers are employed by school boards, group homes, hospitals, and correctional facilities

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12
  • Completion of a 6,240 hour apprenticeship program is required
Students & Parents: Speak with your guidance counsellor today to register for OYAP.