At CHARLTON BROWN®, we believe that all young people deserve access to the resources and support they need in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, many young people experience serious disadvantage through no fault of their own, which is why youth workers play such an essential role in developing caring and respectful relationships with young people, as well as their families and communities.
According to the Department of Employment, around 49,600 people are currently employed as youth workers in Australia, and this is set to increase to 62,800 people by 2019. With an annual average salary of $72,607, a role as a youth worker offers great stability and a rewarding career. So, what exactly is it that youth workers do?
In short, youth workers provide practical and emotional support to children and young people. They work specifically with young people who are at risk or are experiencing social, emotional or behavioural issues by providing support and counselling. Their overall goal is to address the disadvantages young people experience by devising programs and activities to promote wellbeing and target positive outcomes.
Once qualified, youth workers carry out their work in a variety of places including schools, hospitals, community centres, corrective centres and residential care or emergency accommodation facilities. They might also carry out outreach or street-based work by interacting with young people in places such as parks, reserves, or shopping centres. Because the role is based around the lives of young people, youth workers often work outside of regular business hours, including nights, weekends or shift work, in order to be available to young people when they need them most.
To achieve positive outcomes for young people, youth workers need to work closely with a range of people such as family or guardians, teachers, workers with other services and friends. Their key concern should always be achieving positive outcomes for young people and not outcomes for others. In a position of trust with young people, they need to know that there’s at least one person they can rely on to uphold, and not undermine, their interests.
Youth workers are agents of change, both with individual young people, but also with the societal systems that can cause problems in the first place. The lives of young people are influenced by many different forces, including how they relate to their peers, family and community, as well as the events happening around them. Like all of us, young people are shaped, influenced and controlled by their situation, so youth workers can’t ignore the range of influences all around them.
A vital part of the role for youth workers is to develop professional working relationships with young people, which are an important source of personal support. Youth workers aim to empower young people to achieve the benefits of full participation in their communities. They enhance the power of young people by making power relations open and clear and by holding those with power accountable.
To get started as a youth worker, it’s essential to choose an industry trusted training provider with a solid track record of getting people qualified and established in a rewarding new career helping young people. With a proud 30-year history of providing industry-best training, Charlton Brown has developed more than 15,000 quality graduates who now work across every facet of the Healthcare and Social Assistance sector. Combining our core competencies and expertise in the care industry with strategic partnerships and support from government, NGOs and large care providers, we’re the ideal starting point for your new career in this rewarding field.
Covering the essential knowledge and skills you’ll need to facilitate services for young people, this qualification will prepare you to work in programs designed to address their social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs. With units that cover subject areas such as engaging respectfully with young people and supporting them to create opportunities in their lives, you’ll be able to take on a variety of youth work roles across community, government and welfare agencies such as a Community Development Worker, Recreational Youth Activities Worker or Youth Case Worker.
Through a comprehensive course that teaches the key knowledge you’ll need to lead programs and services for young people, this qualification will enable you to meet their welfare needs. With units that cover subject areas such as responding to young people in crisis, analysing the impacts of sociological factors and supporting young people to take collective action, you’ll be able to take on a variety of senior youth work roles across community, government and welfare agencies such as a Case Manager, Coordinator of Youth and Family Services or Youth Work Team Leader.