If you love working with children and are passionate about their emotional and physical health and wellbeing, then becoming a child and youth care worker could be for you.
It’s an unfortunate part of our society, but many young people suffer abuse, neglect and emotional distress and various aspects of their lives including within their family or at school. Child and youth care workers make an important difference in the lives of these young people by using their specialised skills to help promote a healthy environment and helping them to reach their full potential.
A large part of the job will be assessing the protective, developmental and therapeutic needs of a young person, provide information and act as a mediator.
There are a number of qualifications that you can study in order to have a career in this field. Some of them are university degrees but there are other shorter courses available too.
For a Bachelor’s degree or a Diploma, you will need your NSC or NS(v) certificate.
Entry requirements differ, but the following school subjects are recommended:
1-4 years depending on your choice of qualification and educational institution:
You will have to register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) in order to legally practise professionally as a social worker. as well as
There are many opportunities for jobs and careers in the field of Child and Youth Care Work.
National Association of Child Care Workers
Department of Social Development:
IIE MSA, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care:
Durban University of Technology, Community Health Studies, Child and Youth Care Programme:
Candiz Training Academy:
Gem Auxiliary Nursing School:
Khutuza Strategic Development:
Mako Institute South Africa:
Rostech College of Health Science:
Soyisa Learning Institute: