Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care
The NSW Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) reforms provide an integrated continuum of therapeutic care options that are positioned to more effectively address the needs of traumatised children and young people and achieve improved outcomes across the domains of safety, permanency and well-being.
As a key element of this reform, the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) and Southern Cross University (SCU), in partnership, have been contracted by the NSW Government to run an Australian first Intermediary Organisation to support all providers of Intensive Therapeutic Care in NSW.
The problem of implementing valid research results in therapeutic residential care practice is well known. Despite an accumulating body of knowledge about the effectiveness of trauma-informed care, a gap can exist between what is known and what is practised. The Centre is committed to supporting ITC agencies in NSW to reduce the difference between what is known and what is delivered on a day-day basis to young people.
The Centre has a key responsibility for supporting the implementation of the 10 Essential Elements in practice and undertaking a review of them over the first three years of their implementation.
Drawing on contemporary best practice in implementation support, the Centre operationalise the ‘Knowledge to Action‘ Framework in order to
- support decisions about practice/service/model adaptation;
- build capacity and capability;
- create a structure for implementation;
- roll-out ongoing and sustainable implementation support strategies;
- improve and enhance future applications through learning from experience using communities of practice/reflective practice methodologies.
The Centre will offer a unique package of services and specialist resources to ITC Agencies
Knowledge Review Panel
We actively work with a Knowledge Review Panel and Cultural Governance Panel to quality assure our work. The Knowledge Review Panel is chaired by Dr Lynne McPherson, Southern Cross University, and is comprised of leading national and international academics and researchers who resource and support our efforts in research, knowledge collation and evaluation.
Cultural Governance Review Panel
The Cultural Governance Panel is chaired by Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson, a Jiman/Bundjalung Aboriginal woman, and is comprised of Aboriginal leaders from across NSW and other states in Australia. The Cultural Governance Panel has been established in recognition of the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the care system in NSW. The Panel has a critical role in resourcing, supporting and reviewing the work of the Centre to ensure its cultural strength, appropriateness and humility.