Our youth workers

 

Our youth workers are resilient and qualified professionals who come from all walks of life and share a passion for supporting young people with complex needs. 

 
You gotta think outside the box. Things aren’t as black and white as people think. There are a lot more shades of grey.

You gotta think outside the box. Things aren’t as black and white as people think. There are a lot more shades of grey.

Charlie

Charlie joined Safe Places in 2013, moving from youth worker to case manager in that time, but always working on the floor. He reckons it helps to be a little left of centre in this job. Listen here to learn more about Charlie’s take on the youth worker role.

 

Safe Places training helps you process and look behind the extreme behaviours to understand where the young person’s coming from.

Safe Places training helps you process and look behind the extreme behaviours to understand where the young person’s coming from.

Julie

Fostering children for six years stood Julie in good stead when she decided on a career change and moved to the youth care sector. Starting with Safe Places as a youth worker in early 2017, Julie is now a case manager. In this interview, Julie speaks about the different perspectives she's experienced caring for young people, the challenges of both roles and what this has taught her about working from the heart. Listen here.

While I wanted to get into this line of work in my late teens, I knew I wasn’t emotionally ready. Now, after so many years in other fields, I’ve done a complete 360 and I know this is where I’m meant to be.

While I wanted to get into this line of work in my late teens, I knew I wasn’t emotionally ready. Now, after so many years in other fields, I’ve done a complete 360 and I know this is where I’m meant to be.

Annette

Already a busy mother of five, Annette juggled family life and study to graduate with a degree in Human Services in 2017. Almost immediately, she commenced with Safe Places as a youth worker and now supports dedicated teams of youth work professionals in her role as a case manager.  Annette speaks here about how she drew on her experiences as a mother and carer and learnt to adapt her approach along the way.