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How do I Become a Youth Worker?

What is youth work? 
Youth work is a career involving working for and with young people in a variety of fun and rewarding ways. The key thing that differentiates youth workers from other community service workers is that young people are their primary concern. Youth work is holistic; it takes into account the whole person and acknowledges the social and cultural environments within which young people live.

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Studying Youth Work

Studying in the youth sector

The level and type of qualifications held by people in the youth sector vary greatly. The following information relates to youth-specific courses that are offered in Victoria.

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Working in the youth sector

Paid work in the youth sector

The best place to look for work in the youth sector will vary depending on the type of work you are looking for. The following websites are a good place to start.  

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The Code of Ethical Practice for the Victorian Youth Sector (the Code)

If you work with young people (12-25 year olds), you will often face ethical dilemmas: situations where you have to decide the right thing to do. The Code is a framework to help you think through those dilemmas. It won’t tell you exactly what to do, because each situation is different. But it will help you work out why you think something is right or wrong, and what you ought to do.

The Code is based on human rights: things that all Victorians—including young people—can expect to enjoy, such as your right to freedom of expression or right to take part in public life. The Code was first developed by YACVic in 2007, after consultation with the Victorian youth sector. 

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Youth Workers’ Association

The Youth Workers’ Association is a professional association which is open to all qualified Youth Workers, those studying youth work and in certain circumstances those without formal qualifications but with extensive youth work experience.

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YACVic has a number of partner agencies. For more information click on the logos below.

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