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Senior Child And Youth Worker

Department for Child Protection

How did you get to where you are today?

The decision for a career change occurred when I spoke with a friend who worked for the Department for Child Protection. She is a social worker and encouraged me to apply for a job as a youth worker.

With the thought to become a youth worker, I enrolled and studied a Certificate IV in Youth Work and became a child mentor as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for 12 months. During this time I developed a range of skills that allowed me to confidently apply for a youth support worker role which I was successful in gaining.

What does an average day look like?

My average day starts by continuing to build rapport and positive relationships with young people and other staff by supporting them to reach their full potential. I do this by engaging in creative activities, fun and play, training and supervision.

The role is very collaborative. We aim to work from a holistic perspective by supporting the whole care team. We do this daily through linking networks, program supports and other service providers for the young people and care team.

What do you love about your job?

I love the variety the job brings on a daily basis and the continuous learning that comes from working alongside knowledgeable, passionate and likeminded team members.

Why do you do what you do?

The reason I do what I do is to help make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable young people I work with, by helping them connect with community, family and support services.

What do you see are some of the benefits of working in the public sector?

Working in the public sector allows unlimited career development by offering continuous training to all staff in a safe, secure and inclusive environment.

The public sector encourages flexible employment and supports positive work life balance.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

Having lived in South Australia all my life, I couldn't see myself living or working in any other state. South Australia provides a good quality of living where one can experience the convenience of city life while maintaining the feeling of a country town.