Intensive Therapeutic Care, Intermin Care Model and Supported Independent Living

Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) is a service system that helps children and young people who are recovering from the most severe forms of trauma, neglect, abuse or adversity.

ITC is for children and young people over 12 years with complex needs who are either unable to be supported in foster care or require specialised and intensive supports to maintain stability in their care arrangements.

ITC is in line with the NSW Therapeutic Care Framework (TCF)  and is replacing residential care across NSW over a two year period.

Children and young people are referred to ITC through a centralised referral pathway (a ‘Central Access Unit’). Under the ITC system, short-term Intensive Therapeutic Transitional Care (ITTC) is provided for up to 13 weeks to help young people eventually move into less intensive types of care.

The ITC system will decrease the time children and young people spend in intensive out-of-home (OOHC) care services and help provide clear pathways to permanency .

The Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care, led by the Australian Childhood Foundation and Southern Cross University,  acts as an ‘intermediary’ that:

  • provides expert advice and consultancy services
  • maintains a knowledge bank of evidence-based therapeutic care
  • promotes knowledge sharing across the sector
  • offers learning and development activities
  • functions as a Community of Practice for Therapeutic Specialists

Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC)

NSW Therapeutic Care Framework TCF

  • NSW Therapeutic Care Framework
    The Therapeutic Care Framework (TCF) provides guidance on supporting children and young people
  • Practice First
    Family and Community Services (FACS) developed Practice First as a model for child protection service delivery in 2011
  • NSW Practice Framework
    How FACS works with children and families in NSW including the principles, values, mandates, approaches and systems that underpin our work

Therapeutic Home Based Care THBC

ITC Significant Disability

Intensive Therapeutic Transitional Care (ITTC)

Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Therapeutic Supported Independent Living (TSIL)

Trauma information, services and behaviour support guidelines

Centre for Excellence in therapeutic Care

Interim Care Model

Joint Protocol for reducing contact with the criminal justice system

Last updated:

24 Feb 2023

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