How to become a refuge worker

Give emotional and psychological support to children and adults in group homes, or residential and correctional facilities.

What does a refuge worker do?

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

Industry bodies

Related jobs

View all majors

We're here to help

Our student advisors can assist you with your enrolment, help you plan your studies and answer any questions about how studying through OUA works.

Talk to a student advisor

We'll be in touch to answer your questions.

Usually replies in 30 mins