13 Apr 2017
The NSW Therapeutic Care Framework (TCF) will support children and young people in statutory out of home care (OOHC) to receive the Therapeutic Care they need to achieve the best possible outcomes.
The TCF outlines a set of 16 core principles for providing Therapeutic Care to children and young people in OOHC, to ensure their individual and often complex needs are met.
These guiding principles will help ensure NSW service providers, carers and other stakeholders provide the best possible individualised Therapeutic Care for children and young people.
At the centre of the framework is trauma-informed care. Children and young people in OOHC have often experienced trauma, abuse and/or neglect before being placed in care. Such trauma may lead to poor outcomes later in life, including developmental, behavioural or mental health issues.
The TCF is consistent with major changes to the child protection system under the Permanency Support Program (PSP).
One of four key components of the Permanency Support Program is Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) system reform, which is focused on transitioning the current residential care service model to a new ITC system progressively from 1 October 2017.
ITC aims to reduce the length of time young people need to spend in intensive OOHC services by supporting them to recover from trauma, abuse and neglect and providing clear pathways to permanency. The new ITC service system outlines how services and supports are to be delivered in line with the TCF
Children and young people’s care needs vary, and every OOHC journey is different.
The TCF acknowledges that a child or young person’s needs should be continually assessed, to allow the flexibility to increase or decrease the level of support and services required as their care needs change. This can make a big difference to the lifelong impacts of trauma, and greatly influence a person’s long-term outcomes once they exit care.
In launching the TCF, we would like to recognise all the individuals and organisations who contributed to the development and finalisation of the framework, including those who provided feedback during the public consultation phase.
In particular, we wish to acknowledge the valuable leadership of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies as the key partner on the project, the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec), and collaboration with academic and sector representatives in the TCF working group.
To find out more about the TCF, read the framework or find out more about the public consultation we conducted, visit: www.facs.nsw.gov.au/therapeuticcare