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Youth worker

Youth workers mentor young people who are going through the youth justice system. They work one-on-one and in group environments to:

  • assist the young person and their family to connect with and attend programs and support services
  • help them meet the requirements of their youth court orders
  • deliver intervention programs.

Youth workers collaborate with caseworkers by providing experiences and observations from their time with the young person. This collaboration forms part of the development and progress of a young person’s case planning.

Youth worker roles are available throughout Queensland, including regional and remote areas.


You don’t need a formal qualification to become a youth worker, however study in the following areas is highly regarded:

  • community services
  • youth work
  • child, youth and family intervention
  • criminology and criminal justice
  • child and family studies
  • human services
  • social work.


When reviewing candidates for employment, we take into consideration:

  • paid or voluntary community work, group work or work with young people
  • knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island cultures
  • experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and communities.

Successful youth workers have:

  • a passion for supporting and mentoring young people
  • the skills to build rapport and work effectively with young people, families, communities and people from diverse backgrounds
  • a positive attitude, patience and resilience
  • interpersonal skills
  • the ability to problem-solve and manage difficult situations
  • the ability to work independently and take initiative.

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Last reviewed
16 May 2017
Last updated
16 May 2017

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