Evaluation of the Therapeutic Residential Care Pilot Program

Final Summary and Technical Report

The Department of Human Services commenced the first therapeutic residential care program in May 2007. This expanded to a further ten therapeutic residential care units, operated by community service organisations as four-year pilot programs. The pilots trialled and assessed an approach to residential care that focuses on understanding and responding in a therapeutic manner to the impact of trauma on a child and young person’s development.

Verso Consulting completed a two-year independent evaluation of the therapeutic residential care programs in late 2011. The major finding of the evaluation was that the therapeutic residential care model achieves better outcomes for children and young people than standard residential care.

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