Professionalizing Child and Youth Care


  • Carol Stuart School of Child and Youth Care Ryerson Polytechnic University Toronto, Ontario, Canada


This article describes what we can learn from the journey to professionalization in Canada. I focus on the Canadian journey because I know it well and have participated in many aspects of it. From the functional perspective of professionalism, in some provinces, we seem to have 'arrived' and in other provinces we have not yet developed sustainable professional associations. Yet, the issues of equality, recognition and respect remain the same regardless of the stage of the journey. Through summarizing the various accomplishments and analyzing the difficulties, child and youth care practitioners in North America can learn from our experiences and determine our future directions.




How to Cite

Stuart, C. . (2001). Professionalizing Child and Youth Care. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 15, 264–282. Retrieved from



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