Our Residential Care Programs provide safe, fully supported placements for children and young people up to 17 years with complex needs, who may have highly challenging behaviours requiring intensive support during their placement.
Located in suburban houses in the community across south-east Queensland, including Cherbourg community, our Residential Care Programs provide a structured and therapeutic environment for children and young people supported by rostered residential care workers.
Children and young people are encouraged to achieve their personal goals, including education, employment, recreation, positive relationships, life skills and independence.
The programs provide part of a continuum of care from when a child or young person enters the program to when they move on to being reunited with their family or to other options, such as independent living, and are well on the way to achieving a satisfying and independent lifestyle.
We encourage family connectedness to help maintain important family links and develop a strong sense of self and identity. We support children and young people in building on their interests and abilities by attending local schools and participating in local community activities.
Before entering the program in a planned placement, children and young people meet with staff to develop a shared commitment to the placement.
Our North Coast Emergency Residential Care Program provides a same-day placement service that responds to emergency care needs.
In each house, a coordinator leads a team of residential care workers who provide 24-hour support. A care team leader works collaboratively with children and young people, the house coordinator and the direct care team of residential care workers, as well as key stakeholders such as the Department of Communities Child Safety Services, to develop a therapeutic support plan for the child or young person and their family, using a care team approach.
Each child or young person has their own room and up to four children and young people are catered for in a house. Regular house meetings are held where children and young people are supported and encouraged to contribute to their home environment.
Our Residential Care Programs are located at Camira, Algester, Moorooka, Bracken Ridge, Virginia, Loganlea, Parkridge, Munruben, Petrie, Burpengary and Cherbourg and service the South West, South East, Brisbane, North Coast and South Burnett regions.
Our programs work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities to ensure that our services are responsive to the communities’ cultural needs.
Making the move to living independently is an important part of out-of-home care. In Brisbane, North Coast and Toowoomba, our Supported Independent Living Programs offer opportunities for young people to make that transition while continuing to receive support from people they know.
Referrals to our Residential Care Programs are made through the Department of Communities Child Safety Services. Contact us to find out more.
We offer young people in our Residential Care Programs additional support through our Educational and Vocational Support Program (EVSP).
EVSP helps young people to reach their potential through connecting them back into education and/or work opportunities.
Through EVSP, we support young people in setting goals for their education and future career aspirations.
EVSP uses individual and group work to help young people re-engage in formal learning or preparing for work readiness. This could include helping young people to: