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Child and Youth Worker - Residential

Department Gorham Residence Date Posted 9/11/2018

Position Type Relief Reference No. 2018-2522

LocationYork Region, Ontario, Canada

Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading child and youth service organization in Ontario, which provides a wide range of evidence-based services that include individual, family and group counselling for children and youth with complex needs and their families.  Kinark’s three program streams include: Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism, and Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice.

Want to help children and youth with complex needs?

Come join our team!

Kinark:  Helping children and youth with complex needs achieve better life outcomes.

We currently have opportunities for:

Residential Child and Youth Workers – Relief*

Gorham Residence – York Program

*Relief position has no guarantee of hours.

*The successful candidates must be available to work all shifts including, days, evenings, overnights and weekends.


Job Summary:

 Reporting to the Operational Supervisor, Residential and Day Treatment, the Residential Child and Youth Worker (CYW) works as part of an interdisciplinary team delivering direct services to clients with mental health needs.  The Residential CYW is responsible for providing a safe and therapeutic environment in which individual client goals are actualized.  All Kinark employees share the responsibility of workplace health and safety and the prevention of workplace hazards.  Every employee must protect their own health and safety by working in compliance with the law and with safe work practices and procedures. 


In addition, it is important that the Residential CYW develops and maintains therapeutic relationships with clients, families and guardians and is adept at modeling positive social and problem solving skills, and skilled at behaviour management.



o    Child and Youth Worker diploma plus at least one year related experience

o    Strong organizational, communication, interpersonal and administrative skills

o    Current valid Standard First Aid/CPR Level C certificate

o    Training in Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour

o    Understanding group dynamics and strong skills in group and individual counseling

o    Candidates must also possess good report writing skills

o    Must have a valid Ontario driver’s license

o    Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical

o    Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration


Interested applicants should submit their résumés via:


Kinark Child and Family Services values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.  We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’).   If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at or (905) 474-9595.  While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.


If you are looking for an exciting opportunity and to build a career in an innovative and dynamic organization, submit your resume by clicking on Apply Now below.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Kinark Child and Family Services is an equal opportunity employer.
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