Competencies for Professional Child & Youth Work Practitioners
© 2010 Association for Child & Youth Care Practice

The Child and Youth Care Professional demonstrates the following attitudes which underlie all professional work:

  • Accepts the moral and ethical responsibility inherent in practice
  • Promotes the well-being of children, youth and families in a context of respect and collaboration
  • Values care as essential for emotional growth, social competence, rehabilitation, and treatment
  • Celebrates the strengths generated from cultural and human diversity
  • Values individual uniqueness
  • Values family, community, culture and human diversity as integral to the developmental and interventive process
  • Believes in the potential and empowerment of children, youth, family and community
  • Advocates for the rights of children, youth, and families
  • Promotes the contribution of professional child and youth care to society

The competencies are organized across five domains:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Cultural & human diversity
  3. Applied human development
  4. Relationship & communication
  5. Developmental practice methods