Child & Youth Care


Program Information

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. This program is ideally suited for emotionally mature individuals with a strong desire to help children and adolescents in a time of crisis. Lambton College will prepare students for a rewarding and challenging career as a Child and Youth Care practitioner.

Lambton College gives students a superior experience by providing a three unique placement 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.

Device Requirements

This program requires a mobile device (Apple device preferred).

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


Admission Requirements

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

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.


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.

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