ac.care operates residential, therapeutic care homes across various sites, accommodating up to 22 children and young people at any one time who are in need of short to medium care.
The intention is for the young person to transition to a long-term home-based foster care placement or be reunited with their parents.
In 2018/19, the six houses located in Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier were home to 34 young people, with 24-hour support from 70 therapeutic support workers, house supervisors and managers, with a focus on meeting the individual care needs of young people.
Each child’s interests and specific care requirements are a key consideration to ensure the team at each home has the right resources to meet those needs and ability to connect on a personal level.
Keeping the children in focus informs the staff recruitment process and allocation of staff across the six homes.
Additionally, there has been an increasing emphasis on individual needs during the matching of young people who are sharing a home, despite the increasing pressure for additional placements.
This plays an important role in ensuring a safe and stable home environment and to avoid the placement breaking down.
Correct placement matching is crucial so that young people have the best possible outcomes.
A stable team in each home provides more predictable and regular care for young people.
Over recent years, ac.care has undertaken a review of staff allocations which guided an increase in permanency of positions and stability in rostering.
An increase in training opportunities enables a deepening of professional practice within the program on a daily basis.
Staff report it as one of the most valuable aspects of working with ac.care.
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) is our core training, with psychology-informed support by Life Buoyancy Institute for staff in intentional practice and supervisor accreditation as IMPACT coaches.