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How to become a Residential Youth Worker in South Australia

Posted 11 months ago


Are you keen to give back to your community? Do you enjoy working with young people? Are you an excellent communicator who likes a challenge?

If you answered ‘yes!’ to these questions a career in Residential Youth Work could be right up your alley.

Residential Youth Workers support vulnerable youth to develop practical skills to navigate all of the sticky things in life like housing, finding a job, school and study, working through family conflicts or sometimes abuse or addiction issues. It’s a rewarding role where you can see the impact your work has on someone’s life.

First up, let's debunk a couple of myths.

Myth #1: Youth Workers only work with troubled youth.

Fact: Youth Workers assist a range of youth to integrate and thrive in their communities.


Myth #2: Youth Workers work alone.

Fact: Some work is solo but Youth Workers form part of a larger team who collaborate to deliver care and guidance when it’s needed the most.

Myth #3: Youth Workers are just counsellors for youth.

Fact: A Youth Worker wears many hats, counselling is just one of them!

What qualifications do I need to work as a Residential Youth Worker in South Australia?

Minimum Requirements

In SA there are a few minimum requirements to work in a licensed residential care facility (a place that provides care to young people) starting with your training. The easiest pathway is via TAFE SA. At Edmen, we partner with training organisations like DaV'ange Training to help you get the qualifications you need. You might even be eligible to work while you study; earn while you learn!


TAFE SA course options

  • Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention

  • Cert III and IV in Community Services Work Certificate

  • IV in Youth Justice

  • Cert IV in Disability, Diploma of Youth Work or Diploma of Family Intake and Support Diploma of Counselling

To boost your employment chances dual offer courses are available through TAFE SA and Flinders University in the Certificate IV in Disability/Bachelor of Disability and Development Education.


The Top 5 benefits of becoming a Residential Youth Worker?


1) Make a difference: Help to positively impact someone's future

2) Never a boring day: Every day is different!

3) Decision making: Develop transferrable leadership skills

4) Career pathways: From support workers to drug and alcohol workers, youth work offers a number of pathways depending on the aspects of the work that appeal to you. At Edmen, we also offer opportunities to go from temp-to-perm with our community service partners if you enjoy and thrive in the work you do.

5) Job security: The demand for qualified Youth Workers is growing and predicted to continue to grow, so you’ll find stable work Australia wide.

Edmen has partnered with the Department for Child Protection and we have some fantastic Residential Youth Worker opportunities that are available right now in South Australia. So why not take the leap and help disadvantaged youth to live a happier life?

Apply for our open roles today.