Students in Cambrian’s Child and Youth Worker program are the first in Canada to be earning a college diploma that is nationally accredited by the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board (CYCEAB). The Board was established in June 2011 to work with colleges and universities to establish educational accreditation sanctioned by provincial Child and Youth Care Associations.
"Over the past few years, the human services sector has been working towards establishing standards in education to allow for legislated professional accreditation," explained Jean Brown, Dean of Cambrian’s Schools of Justice, Community Services and General Studies. "We’re pleased that our Child and Youth Worker Program is the first in Canada to earn educational accreditation in this field. It’s a testament to the work our faculty do at the provincial and national level to ensure that our students receive thorough training and practical experience that meets or exceeds employer expectations and recognized best practices."
Cambrian’s Child and Youth Worker program received its official accreditation in October 2012. Professional accreditation of Child and Youth workers is not yet legislated, but the educational accreditation intended to prepare graduates to work in the field should this become a legal requirement.
National accreditation of Cambrian’s Child and Youth Worker program gives graduates an advantage when they look for jobs. "Even before any government legislation is passed that will require child and youth workers to be graduates of accredited programs, employers can prepare for this eventuality by hiring professionals with the right credentials," said Jennifer Cawley-Caruso, professor and coordinator of Cambrian’s Child and Youth Worker program. "Graduates of an accredited program are ready to work, or to continue working, when legislation is passed. In our field, there is strong support for professional accreditation to ensure adherence to professional standards and to demonstrate competencies while working with clients and other team members, including psychiatrists, social workers and teachers."
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