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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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