About us

Our mission 

The School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria is a vibrant and diverse academic program that is dedicated to supporting child, youth, family and community wellbeing through relevant, cutting edge research and interdisciplinary scholarship; effective advocacy and leadership; high quality and innovative teaching; a strong and dedicated focus on practice; and a commitment to social justice in local, national and international contexts.

We are committed to addressing the most pressing issues facing children, youth and families today, and welcome theoretical frameworks and practice traditions that challenge exclusionary constructions of children, youth, and families. Student learning is a top priority and we place a strong emphasis on supporting Indigenous student success through culturally responsive teaching and support.  Reflecting the values of our field, we recognize the importance of creating a culture of learning, mutual respect, and accountability.

2018-19 goals

  • Demonstrate our accomplishments as leaders and innovators in teaching, research, and practice with children, youth, families and communities
  • Strengthen our reputation as a research and knowledge generating academic unit
  • Conduct a thorough review of the undergraduate and graduate curricula and commit to ongoing assessment to ensure its continued relevance and viability for all students
  • Develop clear, proactive policies and practices to recruit, retain and support racialized and Indigenous students, faculty and staff
  • Create mechanisms to regularly review and strengthen administrative processes, governance structures, and accountability mechanisms
  • Ensure we are working at full capacity across faculty, PEA, and CUPE sectors and ensure staffing resources are in proportion to current demand

As we work toward these goals, we remain committed to our 2017 statement of solidarity and remain dedicated to “dismantling white supremacy, anti-Semitism, colonial violence, racism, misogyny, ableism, homo/transphobia, and cultural and religious xenophobia, through our curriculum, teaching, research, and professional practices.”

Thanks to all those alumni and staff who joined the  February 2018 SCYC alumni reception to make it another success!  Congratulations once more to Anne van Beers - Recipient of our 2018 SCYC Exemplary Practicum Supervisor Award.  Plan now to join us in February 2019. Specific dates and registrations will be available in January 2019.