The Therapeutic Care Programme (TCP) is an intensive and therapeutic programme for children 0-17 who have been removed from their biological families and placed into the care of the CEO of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support. Children referred to TCP may have experienced a range of traumatic events, including physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, homelessness and poverty.
Parkerville Children and Youth Care’s Therapeutic Care Programme provides medium and long term care for children, some of whom will return to their biological families and some of whom will remain in out of home care until they reach eighteen years of age. The programme uses a multidisciplinary team comprising of Social Workers, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, a Teacher, and a Paediatrician.
Why Children Need Therapeutic Care
Children are the most vulnerable members of our community, they rely on adults to create a stable, loving and safe environment in which they are able to grow and be strong in all areas of their lives.
Children who enter out of home care have not received these experiences and remain highly vulnerable. Sadly, many have had traumatic and painful experiences in their early lives which in turn shapes their behaviour, the way they think and feel, their ability to form safe relationships with adults, carers and peers.
We believe that truly understanding and joining with the lived experiences of children is the first step on the journey of safety and healing. At Parkerville Children and Youth Care, we are continuing to build a therapeutic care programme that offers love and nurturing, security and belonging, emotional and developmental support, built by a professional care team who are evidence based and theory lead, committed to strong relationships with each other and always holding the child at the centre of our care and support.
Out of Home Care
Most children who enter care at Parkerville Children and Youth Care are initially placed into a residential placement, where carers care for up to four children. Sometimes special purpose houses are set up to cater for the individual needs of different children or siblings groups. Children who live in residential placements are cared for by professional carers. The objective of the residential placement is to provide a therapeutic and intensive environment in which children can develop and heal from their previous abuse with a multidisciplinary team of professionals available to provide support and services to the children.
Following a comprehensive assessment, a decision is determined as to whether the children will be reunified with their biological family or transitioned to a long term placement know as Therapeutic Foster Care.