ACWA Applauds New Funding for Therapeutic Residential Care

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement today of planned reforms to the state’s residential care system, saying these services play a critical role within the child protection landscape. 

Acting CEO Dr Wendy Foote has applauded the move to shift the sector towards an evidence-informed therapeutic care model that will provide children and young people with a restorative therapeutic care environment – reducing the impact of their trauma of past abuse and neglect.

“ACWA and our member agencies have worked closely with a cross departmental committee (Therapeutic Care Steering Committee) to review what is needed in developing a framework for therapeutic care in NSW. This work has resulted in the identification of the need for a strong emphasis on treating the complex needs of children and young people who come from backgrounds of severe trauma,” Dr Foote said.

Dr Foote has welcomed the emphasis of the proposed reforms on the requirement of minimum qualification standards, but added that ongoing clinical supervision and support are also critical in providing a congruent therapeutic environment and program.

“ACWA and our members are now interested in the funding and contracting models that are being developed to make sure there will be appropriate resources and strong governance structures in place to ensure successful implementation and the ongoing fidelity of the models,” Dr Foote said.

“Our member agencies have called for flexibility in their funding so that the specific needs of the children and young people can be catered for as these needs change.” 

Media contact: Dr Wendy Foote   0433 179 076

Media enquiries:   Libby McCalman     0418 659 525