The National Therapeutic Residential Care (TRC) Alliance started in Brisbane in October 2012 when a group of likeminded colleagues working across various states of Australia opened up a discussion about the possibilities of working together to share their collective knowledge about best practice in the area of therapeutic residential care. It was recognised practice development in TRC was occurring in various states presenting the opportunity to collaborate, grow and learn together thus maximising the resources available to support best practice; at the same time, seizing the opportunity to lead in this space rather than rely solely on Government to support the development of the TRC policy and practice.
Foundational reference group members included Shelley Wall & Bruce Moore (Mercy Community Services, Qld); Annaley Clarke (then Churches of Christ Care Pathways, now Mercy Community Services, Qld); Kate Martin & Greg Wall (Churches of Christ Care Pathways, Qld); Laurel Downey (Private Practitioner, Qld); Gerard Jones (MacKillop Family Services, Vic); Glenys Bristow & Peter Mulholland (WestCare, Vic); and Matthew Spicer (Anglicare, Tas). Each child protection jurisdiction in Australia is now represented in the Alliance membership.
Having worked to establish a platform for practitioners engaged in therapeutic residential care the Alliance has developed a clear framework for service delivery. The Alliance understands what makes a viable and valued therapeutic residential care model, what works and what doesn’t work and what the standards should be. Members of the Alliance have individually published works and implemented successful programs for their institutions, organisations and in their jurisdictions. Given the breadth of knowledge, practice wisdom, passion and experience within the Alliance the next phase of development will be to advance therapeutic residential care in Australia through a research agenda and dissemination of practice related resources.