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Youth workers are your one-stop-shop for figuring out your life. They are specially trained to help with the everyday life issues young people face. Find out what they do, and get information on how they can help and where to find them.

This can help if:

  • you need help getting your life on track
  • you feel like you don’t have the skills to deal with a problem
  • you want to know what a youth worker is and how to find one.
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What is a youth worker?

Youth workers are professionals trained in the issues young people face and in how to deal with them. This includes issues such as:

  • family conflict
  • homelessness and emergency accommodation
  • drugs
  • sex and relationships
  • pregnancy
  • sexual assault or abuse
  • education and finding a job
  • sexuality and gender identity.

Some youth workers are trained to help with a broad range of issues, while others specialise in one specific area, such as homelessness or sexual assault. Their job is to help you get your life on track, by providing you with the information and skills you need to succeed.

How do I find a youth worker?

Many areas have a local youth centre or a refuge that employs youth workers. These centres provide free services, including sporting and social activities, developing job skills, access to counselling and other helpful activities. Refuges provide these services, too, but they also provide accommodation. Look online for local community services. Try your council’s website, or contact them to find a youth service in your area. Start by reading about the ‘Youth Off the Streets’ program here.

What can I do now?