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Youth Worker

Support young people by providing practical and emotional support through a range of issues.

What's it like to be a Youth Worker?

Youth Workers support young people facing welfare, behavioural, developmental, social and protection issues. They may offer practical and emotional support and work with individuals or groups.

Youth Worker

Tasks and duties

  • Meeting with young people to identify and discuss their problems as well as providing support in group settings.
  • Arranging food, shelter and clothing for young people in need and providing crisis counselling to those experiencing trauma.
  • Referring clients to appropriate specialists and liaising with teachers, social workers, local authorities and parents.
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Youth Workers may help young people with issues such as building self-esteem and confidence, family conflict, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, sex and relationships, education, and finding a job.

Youth Workers provide basic counselling and intervention and refer clients to other professional services when issues are complex or specific.

What can I earn as a Youth Worker?

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How to become a Youth Worker


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To become a Youth Worker, you will typically need a vocational qualification. You may also be able to find work if you have relevant experience.

  1. Complete a Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413) which will provide you with the basics of working with adolescents and a foundational understanding of the industry.
  2. If you are already volunteering or working in the industry, then a Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413) or Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) may help to broaden your employment outcomes. These qualifications will also give you some leadership skills.
  3. Before finding work as a Youth Worker, you will need a Working with Children Check. A First Aid Certificate would also be beneficial.

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Certificate IV in Youth Work

This certificate will provide you with the skills to help develop and facilitate programs for young people who may be experiencing difficulties.

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Diploma of Community Services

This diploma gives you the skills to work under broad direction from management and provide person-centred support to individuals and communities.
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Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention

This qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge to work under broad supervision in family and youth intervention.
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Latest Youth Worker reviews

Latest reviews from 73 Youth Workers surveyed on SEEK
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May 2021
Youth Work has its challenges but the rewards out way any of the negatives of the job
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Child Protection
The good things
It’s a very rewarding career, having the ability to make a huge difference in a young Persons life. Seeing changes in behaviour and seeing goals achieved makes it all worth it.
The challenges
Challenging behaviours are the biggest struggle in the job. If you can master those behaviours then you can master anything.
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May 2021
Working with young people is challenging, fun and no day is ever the same!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Youth Services
The good things
Opportunities to build great relationships with young people and in the sector. It’s creative, fun and no day is the same. It’s also very rewarding.
The challenges
Some days are really tough. You need to be able to let young people make their own mistakes, even if it’s multiple times, and then support then when they’re ready. Lots of tough days but also really w...
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