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Children and teenagers are increasingly struggling with mental health problems that affect their learning and relationships at home and in school. These challenges can make it difficult for them to develop their potential and live as independent adults.
Fortunately, a growing number of trained professionals known as youth workers are helping teenagers cope with these difficulties. If you have a passion for helping and mentoring young people, a career as a youth worker may be ideal for you.
A youth worker is qualified to help young people navigate their way through the various challenges they face in life. They provide practical support and guidance on a range of issues, including education, employment, relationships, homelessness, domestic violence and mental health support.
Youth workers are also trained and equipped to host and coordinate community benefit programs for young people, such as hosting recreational programs and community education initiatives. They also help coordinate and run local events, sports initiatives and crisis support programs.
As a youth worker, you may work in schools, community organisations or other public service agencies.
- Become familiar with the types of issues faced by young people in your local community/organisation
- Conducting initial assessments with young people and assessing their needs
- Writing reports and providing support with outlined support programs and resources
- Arrange necessities for clients such as food, shelter, and clothing
- Assess client’s progress and record case notes
- Refer clients to relevant support organisations and agencies
- Liaising with teachers, social workers, local authorities, GP’s and parents.
- Previous experience as a youth support worker or any similar role is an advantage.
- Good active listener.
- Ability to build and maintain positive, honest, and productive relationships with young people.
- Experienced in providing therapeutic trauma-informed care to children and young people.
- Understanding of developmental trauma.
- Extensive and diverse experience as a volunteer is highly recommended.
- Interest in sports and/or creative activities.
- Active person.
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to what is happening ‘in the moment’.
- Ability to work well in a team.
- Strong communication skills.
- Seeing the good in people and understanding there is a reason for their behaviour.
- Local youth centres
- Primary schools and highschools
- Specialized youth organisations
- Out of home care organisations
- Mental health organisations focusing on youth or young adults
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Generally, a nationally recognised qualification is required to start a successful career as a Youth Worker in Australia. Common qualifications include:
- Certificate IV in Youth Work
- Diploma of Youth Work
- University pathways
What our trainer has to say
“Becoming a youth worker can be an incredibly rewarding experience. You have the opportunity to work with young people and help them grow and develop into responsible adults. You can make a difference in the lives of the young people you work with and help them reach their full potential.”