Work on the NSW Therapeutic Care Framework began in 2013, as a partnership between the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and a range of sector representatives. The purpose of the Framework was to address the high level of complex needs of children and young people who require a more intensive and individualised trauma-informed practice and care approach.
The project focused on:
Research analysis and sector consultation contributed to the development of a draft definition of Therapeutic Care and a set of draft Core principles. On 16 June 2016, the ACWA Board endorsed the draft framework and draft principles, and supported the release of all draft framework documents for public consultation. These documents, along with a Literature Review and Consultation Report, were released for public consultation in November/December 2016, as below:
Following the public consultation period, the TCF project working group reviewed all submissions and feedback received. See the ‘Summary of key submission themes’ for more information.
The invaluable feedback received throughout the life of the project, from both the sector and public consultation, contributed to forming the ‘NSW Therapeutic Care Framework’.