Therapeutic Residential Placement Program

In October 2020, the Department of Communities Tasmania, Children, Youth and Families undertook an Investigative Review (PDF, 711KB) in response to allegations for the safety and wellbeing of young people participating in the Many Colours 1 Direction Therapeutic Residential Placement Program.

The Investigative Review made four recommendations. One of the recommendations was that the former Minister for Human Services (now Minister for Children and Youth) establish an Expert Panel.

In January 2021, the Expert Panel was established and comprises of individuals who have extensive experience working with children, young people and their families. Collectively, the Panel has expertise in key areas relating to child and adolescent development, psychology research, child rights, out of home care statutory service provision, education, trauma and abuse. An Independent Chair was appointed to support the Expert Panel.

For more information, please refer to the Expert Panel’s Terms of Reference (PDF, 334KB) for appointments of Panel members and the Independent Chair.

On 27 July 2021, the Expert Panel provided their Final Report to the Minister for Children and Youth. The report outlines four recommendations to the Tasmanian Government. For more information, please refer to the Expert Panel’s Final Report (PDF, 263KB).

On 2 December 2021, the Tasmanian Government released an Implementation Plan which responds to the recommendations of the Expert Panel, and provides an update on progress against that Plan since July 2021 when their recommendations were released. The Plan details the steps we are taking to better support children and young people with highly complex needs and to develop services and programs for them here in Tasmania. For more information, please refer to the Implementation and Progress Report (PDF, 312KB).

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Request for Proposal – Wellbeing, Care and Recovery Placement Program

The Department for Education, Children and Young People is seeking to engage a provider to deliver a Wellbeing, Care and Recovery Placement Program (WCRPP) for children and young people who have experienced multiple placement breakdowns and have highly complex needs.

A Request for Grant Proposal is now open to commission one or more suitably qualified providers to deliver services that delivers one or more of the following components: family-based care, residential care and respite care. All components of the Service are underpinned by the same therapeutic model and principles, where children and young people, and carers receive specific supports and interventions to support placement stability.

Enquiries about this Request for Grant Proposal should be directed to Petrina Nettlefold on (03) 6165 8322 or between 9:00am – 5:00pm Tasmanian Time, Monday to Friday during the open period.

A register of those interested in receiving updated information about this Request for Grant Proposal during the open period has been established. Please email if you would like to be included on this list.