How to become a refuge worker

Refuge Workers, also known as special care workers, work with children and adults in a variety of capacities. They may work with high-risk children who live in residential facilities, group homes, or correctional facilities, or they may provide emotional and psychological support to people who live in refuges.

Duties and tasks

  • Ensuring children are following facility rules and disciplining them and filing disciplinary reports when infractions occur
  • Ensuring children in group homes are washed and fed
  • Planning, coordinating, and supervising individual and group activities for children in residential care facilities
  • Steering refuge residents to welfare services as necessary and needed
  • Supervising children in residential or group homes
  • Working with residents of refuges to provide emotional support

Skills required

  • Ability to perceive when others are in need of help
  • Active listening
  • Empathy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Positive and nonjudgmental attitude

Working conditions

Refuge Workers may live where they work, as in a children's correctional facility, group home, or other residential structure. They may also commute to a place of refuge or other facility on a daily basis.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers 

Australian Youth Affairs Coalition 

Careers That Matter 

Carers Australia 

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