Child and Youth Care (CYC)

Warning! Participation in this program could lead to one or more of the following:

  • positive community change
  • families living violence free
  • support and interventions for people in need of help
  • youth who choose a life free of drugs
  • children who thrive with early intervention, and
  • ... the possibilities are endless

What Is Child and Youth Care?

Child and Youth Care practice involves developing relationships with children, youth, families and communities in various contexts and across a range of settings. This relational work focuses on developing, supporting, enhancing and promoting positive change that builds upon existing strengths and resources. If you are interested in working with children, youth, families and communities, this is the program for you!

Our Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care

Child on a skateboard

The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Program builds upon your Diploma studies and deepens your knowledge and skill bases in working with children, youth, families, and community. Additionally, you will learn research skills and participate in practicum placements that focus on your area of interest. With a degree, you are able to take on greater responsibilities in your professional child and youth care work.

The degree program offers, a Child Protection Specialization as well as the opportunity to focus studies in select areas of interest.

Child and Youth Care Diploma

In the Child and Youth Care Diploma Program, you will develop introductory skills and knowledge to work with children, youth, families and community. You will explore the development of children, youth, adults and families; build upon your interpersonal communication skills; learn about theories of personal change; be introduced to group practice; learn about law in relation to social services; explore the dynamics of abuse and neglect; learn how to support children, youth and families when abuse or neglect is an issue; and explore professional issues through course work. As well you will have structured practicum experiences that will enable you to develop your professional practice.

Information Session about the Child and Youth Care Program

Join us for an information session about the CYC Program on January 26 or March 9, 2023, from 4 to 5 pm (Pacific)

Register for the Information Session

What's New!

Find out what the CYC program has been up to:

  • Outreach Centre - enriched practical learning experiences for CYC students through partnering with the local community
  • Shine Project - CYC students helping the youngest victims of the opioid crisis

Our CYC program is a member of: 

The Federation of Community Social Services of BC

VIU Child and Youth Care Student, Emma Salisbury

Overcoming adversity and finding new passions

VIU's CYC student Emma Salisbury’s experiences with the medical system pushed her towards the Child and Youth Care program because she wants to become a child-life specialist. 

Read more about Emma's experience

Experiential Education

"I Have a Dream" Poverty Reduction Outreach Program

Therapeutic surfing

"Giant in the Woods" - Therapeutic Applications of Wilderness

Fourth-year VIU discuss their experiences in the CYC program