Therapeutic Care Blog

The CETC blog tells the stories behind 'what works' in Intensive Therapeutic Care

June 9, 2022 |

‘Drop and Run’ – The Experience of Kinship Carers in The Australian Child Protection System

Recent research was conducted by the Southern Cross University and the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care (McPherson, Gatwiri, Day, Parmenter, Mitchell & Macnamara, 2022) into the experience of kinship carers. We found that many experienced feelings of abandonment by essential services as well as financial disadvantage. For some, they experienced extreme hardship along with …

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July 9, 2021 |

More Than Just a Kid in Care – Identity and Culture

This NAIDOC week, I have spent some time listening to the new, 4-part podcast series called “More Than Just a Kid in Care”. Written, produced and edited by young people who have grown up in care in NSW, the first episode explores “identity” and the importance of connection to culture. “I was missing the essence …

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June 2, 2020 |

Myth Busting Child Sexual Exploitation

When it comes to the sexual exploitation of children, most Australians tend to view it as a problem that exists somewhere else. However, those of us working in Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) know that this not the case. The sexual exploitation of young people in Out of Home Care (OOHC) is an issue of significant …

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March 30, 2020 |

Leaving Care: What we know and don’t know about outcomes for young people

The research is clear: young people do not fare well when they leave care. Study after study, both in Australia and internationally, tells us that our care leavers are more likely to be unemployed, homeless, experience poverty, mental health concerns, and as I argued in my previous blog, are at far greater risk of entering …

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March 25, 2020 |

How do we create excellence in intensive therapeutic residential care practice?

What creates high quality therapeutic residential care? This is the question often asked of agencies, of staff, of policy makers and of the young people themselves. There is no simple answer! Intensive therapeutic residential care is a complex operating environment. It cares for and supports young people with the most complex needs and interacts with …

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March 23, 2020 |

They came to us for care and left with a criminal record

There is a nexus between living in Out of Home Care (OOHC) and being involved with the criminal justice system. In NSW children and young people in OOHC have been found to be overly represented in the NSW Children’s Court, with estimates ranging from 19% to 34%(Indig, Vecchiato, Haysom, Belby, Carter, Champion & Whitton, 2011). …

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February 24, 2020 |

What does stability in residential care mean? Part I

“Stability…can be defined as children’s feelings of connectedness and belonging that are characterised by steady emotional attachments to adults and members of peer networks” (Devaney, McGregor and Moran 2019, p. 635). After four years working in residential care, both on the floor and as a clinician, I wanted to better understand what stability really means …

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