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 Practitioners. 

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 records 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, and are well respected by their employers, and sought after in communities beyond Sarnia-Lambton.  

Device Requirements

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

See full 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

For information about post-graduate work eligibility for international students, please review the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program information.

Educational Pathways

Transfer to Programs within Ontario

We've worked with Ontario colleges to provide the following transfer opportunities:

Humber College
Bachelor of Child & Youth Care
Bachelor of Community Development
Ryerson University
Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care
Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies
Seneca College
Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health
University of Windsor
Bachelor of Social Work
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

Want to see more Ontario transfers? Visit


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. 

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus

Back to Top