Child and Youth Residential Care

Therapeutic Strength Based Care (TSBC)

ac.care’s Child and Youth Residential Care Program provides medium to long term accommodation and support to children and young people aged 10 – 18 years, who are under the Guardianship of the Chief Executive of the Department for Child Protection and for whom foster or kinship care is not currently an option.
Our program provides children and young people with a safe therapeutic environment until they are able to transition into a longer term living arrangement, such as foster care, kinship care, reunification with family or support to transition into an independent living program.
Each individual child’s circumstances and reasons for coming into care are varied and complex. The children and young people that are referred to ac.care Child and Youth Residential Care have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect and many have experienced previous placement breakdowns.
The ac.care Child and Youth Residential Care Program is designed to provide a caring and nurturing home environment for children and young people conductive to growth and development, with a skilled staff team of child and youth workers able to respond in a therapeutic manner to the situations and struggles experienced by children and young people.
Our residential care houses are staffed 24/7 by ac.care child and youth workers and each house has the capacity for either 3 or 4 young people.

Program Intent - Therapeutic Strength Based Care

To deliver an outcome focused, therapeutic and strength aligned program that provides children and young people the knowledge, skills and resources to grow and heal from their past experiences, to experience optimal wellbeing and achieve their potential.

Staff Core Training:

TSBC Child and Youth Workers are provided with training in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI).
TSBC Child and Youth Workers are trained in Trauma Informed/Responsive Practice - IMPACT Respond Rather than React by the Life Buoyancy Institute (LBI), equipping staff to:
• Develop a deep understanding of the healing, developmental and therapeutic needs of children and young people.
• Learn how to apply intentional communication and strategies that directly target and “respond” to needs, as opposed to “reacting” to surface issues or client behaviours.

The approach has been built upon a growth-focused and positive psychology model, which is supported by an underpinning “intentional practice” approach. This scientific and strength-based approach empowers staff to help clearly articulate the growth and healing requirements for a child and employ effective strategies. The approach relies on all residential care staff applying mindfulness skills of being present and grounded in their approach.

In addition to the above core training, there are other mandatory training requirements prior to entering any ac.care environment.