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Youth Worker

What does a Youth Worker do?

Youth workers support young people in their personal, social and educational development to help them reach their full potential in society. This involves planning and delivering programmes, often in partnership with other organisations who engage with young people, in a wide range of areas from health and wellbeing to potentially criminal activity.

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BA Criminology
BSc Professional Policing
BA Criminology and Sociology

What skills does a Youth Worker need?

  • Commitment to young people and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives
  • The ability to act with integrity in times of stress
  • Interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish good relationships with a range of people
  • Patience, tolerance and flexibility
  • Organisational skills
  • Listening skills
  • Presentation and report writing skills
  • The ability to treat young people's concerns with respect, tact and sensitivity, whilst remaining confidential and professional
  • Resilience.

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