A refuge worker serves meals to people visiting the refuge centre she works in

Special Care Worker

Special Care Workers provide care and supervision for children and young people in residential and institutional facilities, and provide care and support to people in refuges.

Overview

Special Care Workers provide care and supervision for children and young people in residential and institutional facilities, and provide care and support to people in refuges.

Day-to-day

  • planning and implementing programs of supervision and care for children in residential care
  • supervising and arranging activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in residential care
  • waking children and ensuring they are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities
  • supervising children during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering
  • maintaining discipline, enforcing regulations and behaviour standards, compiling disciplinary reports and assisting in implementing remedial measures
  • organising refuge accommodation
  • providing emotional support to residents of refuges
  • referring residents of refuges for health and welfare assistance
  • ensuring security of refuge.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

Occupation snapshot
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$1,341 / week
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Very strong
Apprenticeships may be available

To become a Special Care Worker

  • You can work as a Special Care Worker without formal qualifications, however, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in residential care, community services, social services, child, youth, and family intervention, or related studies may be useful.

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