Child and Youth Care Worker

Therapy Department

Job Purpose

St Joseph’s Intermediate Paediatric care (SJIPC) is looking to recruit a CYCW to support children in the wards.

The primary role of the child and youth care worker is to assist patients to identify their unique strengths and to create opportunities for them to work towards developmental goals by providing an environment, which is safe and encourages the expression of feelings and thoughts. The undertaking of basic child and youth care work administration, the promotion of the rights of children and youth.

The child and youth care worker will provide holistic responses to the children at SJIPC. The child and youth care worker will use the life space to protect and meet the developmental, social, cultural, emotional, cognitive, psychological and spiritual needs of the patients.

The child and youth care worker will provide holistic responses to children and will use life space to protect and meet the developmental, social, cultural, emotional, cognitive, psychological and spiritual needs of the patients.



  • Serve as a positive role model
  • Monitor the behaviour and activities of patients. Create, maintain care routines by implementing a safe, caring, and hygienic environment for the children. Direct, supervise and assist with domestic activities
  • Conduct and participate in basic life skill teachings including awareness of fire and other safety hazards
  • Establish an appropriate nurturing relationship with patients by constantly providing positive feedback and comfort to all the patients and provide them with constant and consistent emotional support
  • Communicate at the level of the child’s understanding
  • Implement a range of age-appropriate developmental activity programmes including Adolescent Development Programmes as directed by MDT to support the patient’s developmental process and fit into the daily routine including holiday programme events and activities plan
  • Teach social skills to patients
  • Assist children with arts and crafts
  • Provide assistance to patients attending school with their homework
  • Assist in the development and implementation of individual treatment plans and IDP’s
  • Prepare patients for admissions and discharges as per requirements
  • Complete all reports and documentation as required and report any irregularities or violations of procedures to supervisor/manager
  • Keep records of all activities in terms of all programme document formats and/or guidelines provided
  • Adhere to Child and Youth Care Work and to programmatic standard operating procedures and principles. Adhere to child and youth care work programmatic standard operating procedures and principle. (I recommend you consider using the 2nd version of the sentence)
  • Conduct security / safety checks
  • Conduct inventory controls and record accordingly
  • Shift work which includes weekends is required
  • Maintain equipment and resources and ensure safe storage thereof
  • Assist with behaviour management by making consistent observations and keeping accurate records using the behaviour modification point sheet


  • Child and Youth Care qualification is compulsory – NQF 5
  • Grade 12 qualification.
  • Knowledge of the Children’s Act and justice system will be advantageous
  • Registration with SACSSP

Required Experience

  • At least three (3) years general work experience with 1 to 2 years working with children and youth


Personality, Attributes, Skills and Abilities

  • Driver’s License. (Code 10 is advantageous).
  • Work both independently and as an active team member.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English and Afrikaans. Proficiency in isiXhosa is advantageous.
  • Maturity and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences.
  • Maintain professional demeanour while exercising judgment and discretion in work.
  • Commitment to the mission, values and goals of the Organisation.
  • Ability to relate to and willingness to engage in fun, sporting and creative activities with youth.
  • Ability to speak; read and write English.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Good administration and report writing skills.
  • Flexibility.
  • Clear criminal record



  • Closing date for all applications is Friday, 15 December 2023
  • Interviewing of shortlisted candidates will take place soon after closing date
  • Relocation costs will NOT be covered by the employer
  • Reference checks will be conducted
  • The employer reserves the right to not appoint
  • Candidates must be able to commence employment as soon as is reasonably possible

Please email your CV, with certificates, and a 1 page motivational cover letter by Friday, 15 December 2023 to

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