In progress for MacKillop Family Services (2015-current)
Verso has been working with MacKillop Family Services since October 2015 to develop an outcomes measurement framework for therapeutic out-of-home care for children and young people. This includes processes for collection and reporting of outcomes data. The processes have been built using a number of tools that were used in Verso’s evaluation of therapeutic residential care.
These tools together enable positive and negative therapeutic out-of-home care client outcomes to be measured covering key domains:
- Safe from injury and harm
- Connected to family and carers
- Connected to school and community
- Connected to their culture
- Achieving optimal physical health
- Achieving optimal education and learning
- Achieving optimal social and emotional development
- Achieving positive sense of self
- Achieving positive behaviour and mental health
- Healthy lifestyle
Progress to date has been groundbreaking, with research papers scheduled for presentation at upcoming international and Australian conferences.
Read more about our work in therapeutic residential care.
“Therapeutic residential care (TRC) is becoming an increasingly relevant out-of-home care option for children and young people with multiple and complex needs. It is a new and developing approach in Australia, one aimed not simply at containment of the hard cases as is often the case in traditional residential care but rather at actively facilitating healing and recovery from the effects of abuse, neglect and separation from family.”