The Role and Ethical Boundaries of a Youth Worker

The Role and Ethical Boundaries of a Youth Worker 

A youth worker plays an important role in the juvenile justice system. A youth worker is responsible for providing for the safety, security, and well-being of justice-involved youth adjudicated to a custodial setting. This course will provide staff providing direct care/supervision to youth in confinement facilities with an overview of the common functions and tasks performed by youth workers and descriptions of traits of an effective youth worker. Additionally, you will learn ways for youth workers to maintain ethical boundaries. 


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-RYW-V2
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between 7 types of facilities juveniles may be placed in.
List at least 7 common job responsibilities and the associated tasks when working with youth in custodial settings.
Identify up to 8 traits that are important for youth workers to possess.
List 10 ways youth workers can maintain ethical boundaries.

Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Responsibilities and Tasks of a Youth Worker

A. Description of a Youth Worker

B. Types of Facilities

C. Common Responsibilities and Tasks of a Youth Worker

D. Security and Safety

E. Supervision

F. Behavior Management

G. Positive Youth Development

H. Report Writing

I. Liaison

J. Organizational Support

K. Review

L. Summary

Section 3: Traits of an Effective Youth Worker

A. Traits of a Youth Worker

B. Being Adept at Working with Youth

C. Being Professional

D. Maintaining Ethical Boundaries

E. Being Empathetic

F. Able to Use Critical Thinking Skills

G. Being Patient

H. Being Physically and Mentally Fit

I. Being a Team Player

J. Review

K. Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

A. Summary

B. Course Contributors

C. Resources

D. References

E. Congratulations!

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS

Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky.

Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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