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Working Professionally with Children and Youth in Care
CYC-Online Issue 26 MARCH 2001 / BACK
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child care workers

Building job descriptions for child care workers

Pietermaritzburg Children's Homes (South Africa), while redeveloping its employment policies, spent some time rethinking the work done by the staff

We identified three ranked groups of responsibilities for a child and youth care worker: to be

(1) a significant, caring adult,
(2) an effective child care worker, and
(3) a responsible team member.

Each group carries a number of task areas which are listed below.

1 : A significant caring adult

Provide a suitable adult role model

Have an intense concern for the well-being of all the children.

All information must be treated in the strictest confidence and used as the foundation for building his/her future.

2 : An effective child care worker

To show initiative.

Provide a caring atmosphere and environment.

Provide for the development and physical care of each child.


Physical Care.

To set up and maintain a structured environment.

To carry out all administration duties.

3 : A responsible team member

Foster, generate and participate in team work and co-operation.

Develop an active commitment to the child care profession.

To be loyal and responsible.

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