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Practice Standards

Child & Youth Care Professional Ethics

The Association for Child & Youth Care Practice, Inc., its Board and its members have been active in developing professional ethics for the field of child and youth care work.  In cooperation with the International Coalition of Professional Child and Youth Care, the Code of Ethics: Standards for Practice of North American Child & Youth Care Professionals was developed.
These ethical and practice standards have been adopted by many child and youth care associations around the world.

Child & Youth Care Professional Competencies

The Association of Child and Youth Care Practice, Inc. as part of the North American Certification Project (NACP) developed a set of child and youth care professional competencies.  These competencies were used to develop a pilot testing and certification project for child and youth care professionals.  This pilot was completed in August, 2007.  Its work became the Child & Youth Care Professionals Certification Board, Inc.
The C&YC Professional  Board's certification system is based on competencies identified during a two-year meta-analysis of over 150 sets of competencies drawn from all child and youth care practice settings.  These competencies were collected internationally and represent the largest pool of competencies ever analyzed in the CYC field.  
The Competency Committee, chaired by Martha Mattingly, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Program in Child Care and Child Development, sought to identify competency sets that were present in multiple practice settings.  Through this process the committee was able to identify knowledge and skills competencies that are believed to be the basis of professional CYC practice.

Declaration of Joint Purpose and Vision:

The Canadian Council of Child and Youth Care Associations and the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice are committed to collaboration to strengthen the Child and Youth Care profession through accreditation and certification. It is our belief that education and advocacy will expand the availability of high quality services offered for youth and families by organizations and practitioners. We are optimistic about the future of Child and Youth Care practice.  We believe in the importance of investment at all levels for the optimal development and potential to be achieved for children, youth, and families.


We are always open to comments regarding our professional ethics and competencies.  Please feel free to review these documents by following the links below.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Urgent Call for Action

Call for Action:

ACYCP calls the US government to urgently ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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You Can Now Join ACYCP On-line!

Yes, we offer on-line registration and renewals with payment through PayPal.  To join ACYCP, follow the membership link.

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FICE 2017

The Journal of Child and Youth Care Work
Volume 25: Trauma Informed Practice

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   Our journal is availabe for purchase online!


The International Child & Youthcare Network (CYC-Net) is a registered non-profit and public benefit
organisation in South Africa (031-323-NPO, PBO 930015296), running in terms of its own Constitution.