1 September 2019 12:00 am Australia/Hobart
Therapeutic residential care services in Australia: A description of current service characteristics
This paper provides a snapshot of current practice of therapeutic residential care services conducted in Australia. It reports on the results of an online survey of Australian services, describing their configuration, characteristics and activities. The paper also summarises the views of services and discusses issues to be considered in the further development of this form of care for young people.
Therapeutic residential care is a relatively recent development in out-of-home care service provision for young people who are unable to be placed in family-based care. This report is intended to complement a recent CFCA publication on this topic, Therapeutic residential care: An update on current issues in Australia (McLean, 2018; CFCA paper No. 49). This companion paper provides a snapshot of current practice of therapeutic residential care services conducted in Australia. It describes the configuration and characteristics of current therapeutic residential care services in Australia. The views of therapeutic residential care service providers included in our consultations are summarised, together with issues to be considered in further development of this form of care for young people.