Mandate and Focus
The Child & Youth Care Accreditation Board aims to ensure quality education for child and youth care
practitioners through the assessment and review of post-secondary educational
programs and the development of standards which support quality improvement.
The Child & Youth Care Accreditation Board is charged with
accreditation of programs, departments and specializations. The Board is
not responsible for institutional accreditation or certification of
students, faculty, or professionals.
CYC accreditation activities document efforts to be accountable to
children, youth, and families, to students, and to the profession.
High quality education is a result of sound evaluation and continuous
improvement. Accreditation is a process for regular, rigorous review of
program goals, pedagogies, and outcomes. It facilitates dialogue and
education within and across CYC programs about innovation and quality,
assisting with decision-making about where and how to situate a School,
Department, or Program.
Accreditation contributes to high quality education and consistently
high standards of professional practice in a variety of manners through
the potential functions it may perform –
- a vehicle for organizational change;
- a method to achieve sound quality assurance practices;
- a system for demonstrating accountability to
a) children, youth, and families,
b) students, and
c) child and youth care educators;
- a mechanism to create a community of practice among child and
youth care education programs.
There are over 50 publically funded post-secondary institutions
offering Child and Youth Care (CYC)/Child and Youth Work (CYW) education
in Canada. CYC/CYW educators believe quality of care and service to
young people and their families will be enhanced by setting standards
for educational programs, assuring both the public and aspiring
professionals that graduates of those programs will have a common base
of knowledge and skill that can be directly linked to a child and youth
care competency document and the affiliated curriculum. The CYCEAB
uses a model that focuses on program outcomes, with the intent that
graduate outcomes will ultimately affect the quality of life and quality
of care received by young people who are served by child and youth care
The specific standards and the model have undergone extensive and
comprehensive review and adjustment based on the feedback of educators
and professional associations across Canada. The model will be
implemented in conjunction with existing provincial and institutional
program approval and program review processes. As new CYC programs
develop and as existing programs undertake their regular cycle of review
and evaluation, the model will evolve.
The focus in this accreditation is on outcomes and the use of outcome
results by programs. Programs must demonstrate that their institutions
have plans in place for assessing educational outcomes. They must show
evidence that the results of these assessments have led to the
improvement of teaching and learning processes and improved preparation
of program graduates to enter professional positions upon graduation.