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

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