Employment Opportunities at Boost CYAC

Child & Youth Advocate

Full Time | 1-year Contract

Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC) is a registered charity that has worked in the City of Toronto for the past 35 years providing support to children and youth who have experienced abuse or violence and their families.

The Child & Youth Advocacy Program (CYAP) is a voluntary service offered to all families involved with Boost CYAC during a child abuse investigation by police and/or child protection agencies. Our staff provides immediate and ongoing support, advocacy and referral services to children/youth and their family members.


We’re looking for a Child & Youth Advocate to provide support and advocacy to clients when they attend Boost CYAC for a child abuse investigation.

This is not a clinical or therapy based role— you’ll need a strong understanding of crisis intervention and case management. You will collaborate with police, child protection agencies, counsellors, and medical professionals to provide a holistic service to the children, youth and their supportive families who attend the CYAC.

You’ll need to have:

  • At least 3 years of frontline experience, working directly with clients.
  • Direct experience collaborating with teams of multidisciplinary professionals.
  • A BSW, MSW or equivalent degree or diploma.
  • Sound knowledge of child & adolescent development, child & adolescent trauma and demonstrated ability to provide sensitivity & support to child and youth victims and their families.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond to crisis situations and provide crisis support when required.
  • Strong awareness of multiple cultures and the cultural impact on the delivery of services.


The right person for this role can:

  • Move fast (and change even faster): you’ll adjust quickly to shifting approaches, situations, and priorities. You’ll prioritize simultaneous deadlines and respond to new cases with little notice or background information.
  • Build relationships: you’ll build strong, collaborative relationships with everyone at Boost CYAC to act in our clients’ best interests. You’ll be a team player, who can form great connections with your own team of Advocates as well as the police, child protection, counsellors and medical teams all working at the CYAC.
  • Figure it out: every day is different in the CYAP, and you’ll be meeting with different families that have different needs. You will use your experience and judgement to provide the best possible support and advocacy.


You’ll wear a lot of hats as a Child & Youth Advocate at Boost CYAC:

  • Advocate: The child/youth will be your main priority, advocating for their rights and needs to be met, working with them to develop an action plan that makes sense to them and providing them with information throughout the process.
  • Supporter: You’ll provide crisis intervention, in partnership and consultation with CYAC counsellors, when significant safety concerns and/or mental health risks are identified.
  • Team Player: You’ll collaborate with our MDT members regularly to plan, consult and advocate for your clients.
  • Contributor: You’ll use your creativity and problem-solving skills to contribute to the ongoing development of the program, taking initiative to come up with new ideas.
  • Writer: You’ll write clear, concise case notes and letters of support for your clients, as well as email communication with MDT members and outside agencies.
  • Communicator: You’ll provide psycho-education to families on the impact of trauma and violence as well as helpful strategies on how to support their children and youth and the benefits of counselling.


Here’s how to apply:

If you want to help us provide invaluable support to children, youth and their families please send your cover letter and resume by email to:

Linda Arwich
Manager of Human Resources and Administration

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017

Boost CYAC is committed to:

  • creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer;
  • providing accommodations in all aspects of the recruitment and hiring process under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

We thank all applicants for their submission; only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.