Youth Justice

Get ready for a challenging and rewarding career supporting young offenders or youth at risk of offending with a Diploma in Youth Justice.

Fall 2020 Note

Applications are still being accepted for the Fall 2020 intake with the program to be delivered in full beginning in September as usual.

Program Highlights

Unique Program

Unique in British Columbia, Douglas College’s two-year Youth Justice program blends studies in child and youth counselling, criminology and youth justice, with a focus on behaviour theory, public policy, skill development and professional practice, as they relate to youth and the youth justice system.

Hands-On Experience

You’ll put what you learn in the classroom into practice through two practicum placements at social-service and other agencies, where you’ll also develop your understanding of the roles professionals play in real-world settings.


Demand for grads with a credential in youth justice studies is high. Once you graduate, you can expect to find employment in social-service, government, health, school and justice-system settings.


Advancement Opportunities

If you want to complete a bachelor’s degree, the diploma will allow you to enter the third year of Royal Roads University’s Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies program or Douglas College’s Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, or the second year of Douglas’s Bachelor of Social Work. You can also complete additional courses to enter into Douglas College's Bachelor of Applied Criminology.

We recommend that students applying for fall intake submit their applications and accompanying documentation as early as possible for consideration; our first review of applications occurs in January.


Student Success Story

Persistence helped Youth Justice grad Gloria Shen embark on her dream career.

Student Success Story Gloria Shen Landscape

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Application Requirement Change

The 60 hours of volunteer/work experience hours normally required for application have been temporarily suspended and two Reference Documents can be submitted instead. Please email for the Reference Document to be sent to you for your reference to fill out, for information regarding applications, program delivery, or any other questions regarding the Youth Justice Diploma Program.


Want More Information?

For information about admission requirements, courses, intake dates and more, visit the Program and Course Catalogue.
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