Child & Youth Care


Program Information

This advanced diploma 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, 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 Child and Youth Care Practitioner. 

Lambton College gives students a superior experience by providing three unique placement opportunities that can lead to future employment. Students enjoy small class sizes and personal attention, especially through experiential learning opportunities where academic subjects are put into practice in concurrent supervised field placements. Field placements require a police record check including a vulnerable sectors check.

Graduates leave the program with approximately 1,500 hours of field placement, a unique capstone experience and are eligible for full membership and certification with the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC), the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations (CCCYCA), as well as international certification with the Child and Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB). Graduates also possess the knowledge and skills required to serve children, youth and families in school, 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 Sarnia-Lambton.  

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 grade of 60%)

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates have found rewarding work opportunities including:

  • Community-based child and youth development programs
  • Parent education and family support
  • School-based programs
  • Open and closed custody group homes 
  • In-patient and out-patient treatment programs 
  • Youth shelters
  • Central point of access programs 
  • Youth justice
  • Early intervention and prevention programs
  • Child protection agencies

Educational Pathways

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

Ryerson University's School of Child & Youth Care as well as Humber College offer a 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 advanced standing.

Graduates of the Child and Youth Care program can apply to the University of Windsor and transfer credits toward completing the Bachelor of Social Work or a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Disability Studies. The current articulation agreement often allows students entry into the third year of these four year programs.

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.


Full certified membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care (OACYC) and the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations (CCCYCA) can be obtained by graduates of the Child and Youth Care Program.

Graduates will also be eligible to write the Child and Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB) exam and complete the process for international Child and Youth Care Practitioner (CYC-P) certification.

OACYC student membership is also available for those enrolled in the Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program at Lambton College. 

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