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.
To become a Child & Youth Care Worker in South Africa, you will need a number of qualifications. Entry requirements differ for each of the educational institutions, but typically, you will be expected to have a:
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:
Child and Youth Care Workers in South Africa typically study for 1-4 years depending on your choice of qualification and educational institution. However, more specialised career tracks may require up to 10 years of study to qualify for employment.
In a nutshell, the career path can be as follows:
There are many employment opportunities for Child Care and Youth workers in South Africa. They often work in:
Do note that 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.