Child and Youth Care

CampusStart Date
MiramichiSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Child and Youth Care Workers impact young lives and help heal whole families. They support youth, children and families during emotional, social, behavioural or mental health challenges. During your work placement, you’ll learn facilitation and intervention skills that will prove useful in a variety of educational, community, residential, recreational and institutional settings. Youth and family agencies have the mission of growing healthy and happy communities and they’re always on the lookout for committed Child and Youth Care Workers to assist with this cause.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program, you may be employed by agencies or institutions designed to meet the needs of youth at risk as a behavioural aide, child and youth worker, drop-in centre worker, family service worker, youth worker or a group home worker.

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    NOC Codes

    4212 - Social and community service workers

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    What you will learn

    • Principles and foundations of psychology, sociology and criminology
    • Verbal, written and interpersonal communications
    • Documentation skills
    • Child and youth program design and development for community agencies
    • Child and youth care legislation, practice, abuse and treatment
    • Residential and secure placements in child and youth care
    • Designing therapeutic activities for children and youth
    • Self-awareness, stress management and self-care
    • Interviewing, intervening, and mentoring children, youth and families
    • Needs assessment and case planning for children, youth and families
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Non Violent Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention

    Specific Considerations

    Two applied workplace experiences (12 weeks in total) will provide an opportunity to work in various child and youth care settings.

    Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned will likely be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

    Mature applicants with related experience or training who do not meet the academic admission requirements may be considered for acceptance following additional assessment carried out at NBCC Miramichi. Contact NBCC Miramichi for further direction.

    Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form, proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification and a driver's license. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

    Students may also be required to complete (at their own expense) a Prior Record Screening through Department of Social Development.

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB Canada
    Articulation Period: No End Date
    Information: Eligible graduates of  the Criminal Justice programs may apply to St. Thomas to complete a further two years of study culminating in the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice (BAA) degree.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 (70%) is required  for courses taken in the diploma programmes at NBCC.  In addition, students must meet the minimum average of 2.70 (70%) on the following courses, if taken as part of the diploma programme: Sociology, Psychology, Deviance, Criminal Justice, Abnormal Psychology, Criminology, and Victimology.


    Institution: Griffith University, Logan and Gold Coast, Australia
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Griffith University will grant up to one and a half (1.5) years of advanced standing (i.e., entry into the fourth semester) of the Bachelor of Human Services degree to graduates of the Child and Youth Care program.

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