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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 varies 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 auspices and supports like-minded youth projects, services and organisations. For more information click on the logos below

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