• Gus Gale

What IS Youth Residential?

All Your Youth Residential Support Questions ANSWERED:

If you’ve been following us for a little while, you have probably picked up that BridgingWorx helps staff Residential Care homes across the state. But what exactly IS Youth Residential Care? And why should you consider working in the industry?

Let’s start with the basics – what are Youth Residential Care homes?

Youth Residential Care homes are houses for children and young people, maintained by an agency or organization and staffed with qualified employees on a rostered basis. Typically, children and young people are between the ages of 12-18 and are usually referred into residential care as foster care - or other care arrangements - are not appropriate or available.

Residential care is intended to be a transitional youth development program – with the young people to progress to either foster care or reunification with family or independent living. Children in Youth Residential homes often come from challenging or neglectful backgrounds.

Working in Youth Residential Care:

There are close to 48,000 Australian children living in out of home care (OOHC) and almost 7% of these children were in Youth Residential Care homes. Starting a career as a youth residential support worker means you can have the chance to make a difference to the lives of young people in care.

Your primary responsibility as a youth worker is to support the young people to build resilience and live up to their potential. Working in a team, you are expected to assist with daily living skills, provide meals and carry out client care plans. Basically, you will be acting as a positive role model and attending to the needs of the young people in care.

Residential homes are staffed 24/7 so committing to the role means committing to a rotating roster across seven days with some overnight shifts expected.

Ready to Make a Difference?

Though the work may be challenging, it is equally as rewarding. If you have ever considered working in an industry that makes a real difference, now is the time to apply. At BridgingWorx we have ongoing vacancies for youth residential workers and regular intakes so if you think you have what it takes to create social change, check out our careers page on our website today. We’d love to hear from you!

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