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Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) is a service system that helps children who are recovering from the most severe forms of trauma, neglect, abuse or adversity.
ITC is for children over 12 years of age 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 are referred to ITC through a centralised referral pathway (the Central Access Unit).
Under the ITC system, short-term Intensive Therapeutic Transitional Care (ITTC) is provided for up to 13 weeks to help children step down into less intensive types of care.
The ITC system will decrease the time children spend in intensive out-of-home (OOHC) care services and help provide clearer pathways to permanency.
Learn more about ITC:
Learn more about ITTC:
ITC Significant Disability (ITC SD) is a placement type in the broader ITC service system to better support eligible children with significant disabilities.
Learn more about THBC in the Factsheet: THBC Carer Qualities - September 2020 (PDF, 70.1 KB) .
The Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care provides specific training to support the implementation of the Intensive Therapeutic Care system in NSW.
The NSW Therapeutic Care Framework sets out the principles for provision of therapeutic care to children in NSW.
Learn more about behaviour support and trauma informed practice.
Learn more about the Joint Protocol:
ITC Individualised Placement Referral From November 2023 (DOCX, 50.4 KB)
25 Jan 2024