ACT Together and the ACT Government have announced a change of management of residential care services provided across the Territory. From 5.00 pm on 31 March, these services will be provided by MacKillop Family Services.
MacKillop currently operates a specialist residential care home in the ACT and these new homes will be an extension of this program. To lead and support our expanded services in the ACT, we have engaged a locally based Director, Rebecca Cormack who is part of the MacKillop Executive team and an ACT Regional Manager, Ben Chapman.
Residential care homes support young people unable to live at home. Therapeutic Youth Workers provide safe and nurturing homes for young people and are passionate about their wellbeing. They’re supported by Case Workers, House Supervisors, Coordinators, After Hours Workers and Therapeutic Specialists to respond to young people’s needs, and nurture their development. Therapeutic Youth Workers also support young people’s links with their families, culture, and engagement in school and community.
MacKillop is working closely with the outgoing provider Barnardos to ensure a smooth transition and minimise disruption for the young people in the homes, and the employees who support them.
MacKillop CEO Dr Robyn Miller said she’s looking forward to meeting the young people in the homes and working collaboratively to support them, and their carers, who are the heartbeat of MacKillop’s work.
“We are excited to be expanding our residential care program in the ACT and look forward to working collaboratively with the ACT Government, schools and the Territory community services sector,” Robyn said.
“MacKillop is committed to providing trauma-informed and therapeutic care. Our trauma-informed approach is driven by the Sanctuary model, which supports staff to create a culture that prioritises safety and wellbeing. We’re passionate about the rights of each young person and their connection to family, culture and education. Their future depends on the quality of care we provide in their precious early years of life.”