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Intensive Therapeutic Care system reform
Many children in care have had traumatic experiences. We will keep a strong focus on recovery from trauma through an Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) system for children over 12 years who have been assessed as requiring intensive therapy.
ITC will be introduced to replace residential care through a two-stage tender process.
The ITC system will have a centralised referral pathway (a ‘Central Access Unit’), and use a broad assessment to determine if a child or young person should enter ITC if they cannot be immediately supported in a family-based or foster care placement.
Under the model, short-term Intensive Therapeutic Transitional Care (ITTC) will be provided (for periods of up to 13 weeks) to help young people move into less intensive types of care.
The new approach will reduce the length of time children and young people spend in intensive out-of-home care services by providing clear pathways to permanency.
To help ensure the ITC model functions in line with its intent, FACS will appoint and fund an independent ‘intermediary’ organisation. They will support providers by:
- providing expert advice and consultancy services
- maintaining a knowledge bank of evidence-based therapeutic care
- promoting knowledge sharing across the sector
- offering learning and development activities
- playing a Community of Practice function for Therapeutic Specialists.