As the numbers of marginalised young people grow, the practice of youth work is more exciting and challenging than ever. Youth work is an empowering practice of human service work that places young people and their interests first. It is a relational practice where the youth worker operates alongside the young person in their context. Youth workers advocate for and facilitate young people’s independence, participation and connectedness in society.
The ACU Youth Work course responds to community need for highly trained and skilled youth workers to work with the most disadvantaged of young people. Ours is the only course that has a focus on working with highly marginalised young people and offers speciality subjects in trauma-informed practice, building relationships and working with highly vulnerable youth.
At ACU you can build on your youth work subjects with a minor in Counselling or Sociology. A main component of the youth work course is two supported 8 week placements undertaken in key areas of the youth work sector.
Our lecturers are highly skilled and experienced youth workers who are able to provide insight and knowledge based on many years of practice within the youth work sector. They are also well known for their research in the areas of homelessness, refugee resettlement and out-of-home care.
Where to from ACU?
- The study of Youth Work provides the knowledge and skills for a variety of careers in both the private and public sectors, and provides a pathway for further study at the Honours, Master’s and Doctoral level.
- Our highly skilled graduates work with homeless young people; Indigenous young people; refugee young people; young people with disabilities; youth in schools and training institutions; youth in prison and juvenile justice settings; youth in sport and the arts; and in regional, rural and international settings.