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Special Care Workers


Special Care Workers provide care and supervision for children in residential childcare establishments and correctional institutions, and provide care and support to people in refuges. The links below provide quick access to basic information for this occupation.  Greater detail can be found using any of the page tabs above. A one page printable summary of the key statistics for this occupation can also be found under the Reports and Links tab above. Just click on the tab and follow the link for Occupational Bulletin.


This occupation may include associated occupations with varying tasks.

  • planning and implementing programs of supervision and care for children in residential care
  • supervising and arranging activities to enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in residential care
  • waking children and ensuring they are washed, dressed, fed and ready for educational and recreational activities
  • supervising children during domestic activities such as eating meals and showering
  • maintaining discipline, enforcing regulations and behaviour standards, compiling disciplinary reports and assisting in implementing remedial measures
  • organising refuge accommodation
  • providing emotional support to residents of refuges
  • referring residents of refuges for health and welfare assistance
  • ensuring security of refuge

Job Titles

  • Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant
  • Hostel Parent
  • Refuge Worker

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