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New Intensive Therapeutic Care service system to help state's most vulnerable children

Last published on 11 Jul 2018 in News

The NSW Government is replacing the state's current residential care system with a new Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) service system to help children and young people recover from trauma, neglect, abuse or severe adversity. ITC is being introduced statewide over the next two years.

The NSW Government has taken major steps towards replacing the state's current residential care system with a new Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) service system to help children and young people recover from trauma, neglect, abuse or severe adversity.

The move from residential care to ITC represents an historic shift in the provision of Therapeutic Care in NSW. It introduces unprecedented quality standards relating to staff qualifications, training and rostering, and a commitment to learning, best practice and continuous improvement.

Consistent with its move to performance and outcomes-based contracts, the NSW Government has undertaken a rigorous recommissioning exercise to identify the highest quality service providers to deliver the broad continuum of new ITC services.

The following nine service providers will be delivering ITC services in eight locations across the state:
Allambi Care
Lifestyle Solutions
Anglicare NSW South, West and ACT
MacKillop Family Services
CatholicCare Broken Bay
Marist 180
Foundations Care
Southern Youth and Family Services
Life Without Barriers

The NSW Government has also appointed a consortium formed by the Australian Childhood Foundation and Southern Cross University to act as 'intermediary' and promote research, knowledge, and workforce development across the ITC services sector.

ITC is a major initiative of the Permanency Support Program, the name for a suite of significant reforms to child protection and out-of-home care launched in March 2017.

ITC effectively and holistically helps children and young people aged 12 years and over with high and complex needs who cannot immediately be supported in a family-based or foster care placement.

ITC also helps children and young people who require specialised and intensive supports to enjoy stability in their care arrangements.

Key to ITC is a central role for qualified clinicians, known as 'Therapeutic Specialists', who will support  recovery from trauma and provide clear pathways to less intensive services so that every child and young person can achieve a permanent, loving home.

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