The 2012 Child Welfare Report indicates that Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) responded to more than 167,900 calls from professionals and concerned members of the community about the possible abuse and neglect of children.
The need is great, and the CAS is one career option among many, especially now that the provincial government is putting an increased emphasis on the importance of child and youth workers. You may find opportunities to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, community programs, treatment residences, and custody homes. You may be working with teachers, social workers, psychologists or psychiatrists as part of a clinical team. After direct service work, your choices expand to include more specialized or supervisory positions.
Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition
Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC) – visit oacyc.org; the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) – visit oaccpp.ca; and the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations – visit cyccanada.ca.
Our Industry Partnerships
Our industry partners include Youth Without Shelter, Peel Children’s Centre, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board, The Hospital for Sick Children, Etobicoke Children’s Centre, George Hull Centre and Hincks Dellcrest.
Members of the Child and Youth Worker Advisory Committee represent a variety of settings in which child and youth workers are employed. Many are members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.
The program includes three unpaid internships. The first internship placement is chosen by the school in consultation with you. For the second and third placement, you will submit placement choices, with the school making the final decision. The first placement takes place in the second semester, January to April (three days per week). Third-semester placement runs from May to August (four days per week) and placement for the fourth semester is September to December (three days per week).
Alternative Course of Study
Humber also offers the six-semester Child and Youth Worker postsecondary advanced diploma program 01041 and the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231.
Your Future Study Options
Child and Youth Worker – Accelerated graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 70 per cent or more may be considered for admission to Humber’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231 and may then complete the degree program with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term.
Graduates must also possess ENG4U or Humber’s COMM 200 or COMM 300 with a grade of 70 per cent or more.
Admission will be based on availability in the program.
Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.