This program prepares students to work in a variety of agencies and organizations concerned with the complex challenges of children, youth and their families. Child and Youth Care practitioners utilize a relational approach, while working with children, youth and their families, building on strengths to facilitate positive change, while promoting resiliency, independence and self-advocacy. The ability to manage stress, present in a professional and dependable manner and work closely with others is key to succeeding in this field. If you are a confident, emotionally mature person with a strong desire to help children and adolescents in a time of crisis, Lambton College can prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career as a Child and Youth Care practitioner.

Lambton College gives students a superior experience by providing a high placement rating and networking opportunities that can lead to future employment. Students enjoy small class sizes and personal attention, especially during practical work experience where academic subjects are put into practice in a concurrent supervised field placement. Field placements require a police record check including a Vulnerable Sectors Check.

Graduates leave the program with approximately 1,500 hours of field placement experience and are eligible for full membership and certification with the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care. Graduates also possess the knowledge and skills required to serve children, youth and families in education, residential, youth justice, hospitals, community and mental health environments. Lambton College's graduates have an esteemed reputation, are well respected by their employers, and are sought after in communities beyond Lambton County.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning program. See device requirements.


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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U (minimum final grade 60%)

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates have found rewarding opportunities in treatment centres (in-patient and out-patient), group homes, alternative programs, educational services, specialized foster care, children’s mental health, youth justice and community agencies invested in children, youth and families.

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Educational Pathways

See where you could go within Ontario to complete a degree once you've completed this Lambton College program.

Graduates of the Child & Youth Care program can apply to University of Windsor regarding the transfer of credits towards completing the Bachelor of Arts Honours in Disability Studies or a Bachelor of Social Work

Ryerson University's School of Child & Youth Care offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care. Successful graduates of a three-year Child & Youth Care diploma from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology are eligible to apply for the Direct Entry (DENT) program. DENT is offered on either a full-time or part-time basis (seven years to complete the degree.) 

There are many other opportunities available for students wishing to pursue a degree in Ontario, Michigan and Australia upon completion of the Child & Youth Care program.

Accreditations/Certifications

Membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors. Student membership available, and full memberships upon successful completion of the Child & Youth Care program.