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Canadian Scholars’ Press
238 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
April 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381039

Volume 2 Coming Soon | Fall 2020


A pivotal textbook in the field, this comprehensive collection is the first of two volumes that cross-examine all active child and youth care sectors across the human services. Co-editors Kiaras Gharabaghi and Grant Charles bring together world-renowned professionals, academics, and researchers to address the past, present, and future state of child and youth care. Guiding students through the exploration of a growing field, this volumes examines practice in a range of service sectors including residential care, foster homes, schools, cyberspace, outdoor adventure settings, and services that support Quebecois, deaf, autism, and LGBTQ+ communities. With a strong foundation in Canadian scholarship, this text also draws connections to child and youth care practice in a global context. International and Canadian students, scholars, and practitioners in child and youth care will benefit from this extensive and timely resource.


  • includes contributions from leading Canadian scholars, researchers, and professionals in the field of child and youth care
  • analyzes the challenges, opportunities, and employment prospects in each sector
  • establishes connections between chapters by cross-referencing the sectors, geographical regions, and contexts of other chapters

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents, Volume 1

Kiaras Gharabaghi & Grant Charles

The Classic Setting: Residential Care and Treatment
Kiaras Gharabaghi & Grant Charles

The Role of Child and Youth Care in Foster Care
Heather Modlin & Andy Leggett

Child and Youth Care Practice with Families: A Canadian Perspective
Kelly Shaw

Community Settings, Outreach and Youth Engagement
Janet Newbury & Wolfgang Vachon

Outdoor Adventure and CYC Practice: Intersections and Opportunity
Emily Carty, Nevin Harper & Doug Magnuson

The Digital Life-Space as a Practice Setting
Jennifer Martin & Carol Stuart

CYC Practice with Trans Children, Youth and their Families
Julie James

Why Should We Care? Reflecting on CYC Practice For, About and With Autistic Young People
Nancy Marshall

Queering Gender and Sexuality in Child and Youth Care
Ben Anderson-Nathe

Child and Youth Care Practice in the Context of Deaf Communities
Shay Erlich

Post Secondary Education as a Crucible for Learning Practice
Carol Stuart, Heather Snell & Doug Magnuson

Child and Youth Care in Quebec
Varda Mann-Feder

About the Contributors

Kiaras Gharabaghi

Kiaras Gharabaghi is the Director and Associate Professor of Ryerson University’s School of Child and Youth Care, specializing in child and youth care ethics, organizational change, and international practice. He has over 20 years of front-line experience in managing children’s mental health, welfare, and homelessness, and was recently appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services to serve on an expert panel that reviews all residential services in the province. He is the Co-editor of the popular journal Child and Youth Services and a regular columnist for the International Child and Youth Care Network.

A Hard Place to Call Home, Child and Youth Care across Sectors, Volume 1, Child and Youth Care across Sectors, Volume 2

Grant Charles

Grant Charles is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and an affiliated faculty member in the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. His research specializes in child and youth mental health and child welfare. He currently sits on several editorial boards, including the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies and the Journal of Advances in Mental Health..

Child and Youth Care across Sectors, Volume 1, Child and Youth Care across Sectors, Volume 2


“With this collection of valuable, stimulating, and visionary chapters, it becomes clear that CYC is a ‘profession on the move.’ The reflection on problems, tasks, and practices creates the image of a modern, self-confident profession in transition.… CYC in Canada is proving to be a role model in the global network of innovative CYC and a signpost for all professions that care about young people.”

“This collection of chapters provides students with an eclectic look at Canadian child and youth care practice. Written from the unique perspectives of child and youth care professionals and educators, students are offered a look at varying areas of practice to assemble knowledge from.”

Instructor Resources

The supplementary materials supplied along with Child and Youth Care across Sectors, Vol. 1 serve the purpose of stimulating discussions and critical reflections on many of the themes embedded within or across the chapters. Discussion topics and specific questions suitable for student assignments have been divided along three core streams:

1. Critical reflection
2. Professional and career development
3. Practice

In addition, tips have been provided on which activities/questions may be more suitable for individual student activities or assignments and which might lend themselves to group activities or assignments.

Student Resources

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