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The Child and Youth Worker program is designed to prepare students for work with children and youth in need. Students will expand their knowledge and acquire the necessary tools for client support and working with those facing a variety of behavioural and/or physical problems.

This program includes classroom-based studies and on-the-job training through placements at a variety of social agencies and centres.

Main Duties

Child & Youth Care Workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Interview clients to obtain case history and background information
  • Assess clients’ relevant skill strengths and deficits
  • Assist clients to sort out options and develop plans of action while providing necessary support and assistance
  • Assist clients in locating and utilizing community resources including legal, medical and financial assistance, housing, employment, transportation, assistance with moves, day care and other referral services
  • Prepare intake reports
  • Counsel clients living in group homes and half-way houses, supervise their activities and assist in pre-release and release planning
  • Participate in the selection and admission of clients to appropriate programs
  • Assess and investigate eligibility for social benefits
  • Meet with clients to assess their progress, give support and discuss any difficulties or problems
  • Refer clients to other social services
  • Advise and aid recipients of social assistance and pensions
  • Provide crisis intervention and emergency shelter services
  • Implement and organize the delivery of specific services within the communityImplement life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment programs, behaviour management programs, youth services programs and other community and social service programs under the supervision of social services or health care professionals
  • Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs by tracking clients’ behavioural changes and responses to interventions
  • Maintain contact with other social service agencies and health care providers involved with clients to provide information and obtain feedback on clients’ overall progress
  • Co-ordinate the volunteer activities of human service agencies, health care facilities and arts and sports organizations
  • Maintain program statistics for purposes of evaluation and research.
  • May supervise social service support workers and volunteers.

Career College Versus Public Community College

What is different about attending a Career College like Gates College versus Public Community Colleges like Fleming College, Confederation College, Sault College or Durham College?

Gates College is registered as an Ontario Career College and programs are approved as vocational programs under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005 and follow the several amendments included in the Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023 (Effective, January 1, 2024*). Public Community Colleges such as Fleming College, Confederation College, Sault College and Durham College operate under a separate branch. There are benefits you may experience when attending an Ontario Career College like Gates College, that the Public Community Colleges may not offer.

For example:

  • Small Class Sizes
  • One course at a time Modular Based Learning
  • Fixed Block Schedules
  • Frequent Start Dates
  • This program is currently being delivered in an Instructor-led online environment

A Gates College student will find that our Campuses and our Online experience is very student-focused and always puts the student’s goals first!

Program Outline

Child & Youth Workers will learn:

  •  Introduction to Early Learning and Care
  •  Roles, Responsibilities, and the Reflective Practitioner
  •  Multiple Perspectives of Child, Family and Community
  •  Introduction to prenatal and infant development
  •  Introduction to toddler development
  •  Introduction to preschool and school-age development
  •  Observation and Documentation
  •  Responsive Relationships and Guiding Behavior
  •  Program Planning and Philosophical Approaches to Learning
  •  Written Communications Skills
  •  Health and Safety