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Young people in residential care live in houses with MacKillop staff and up to three other young people, creating an environment that is as homely as possible.

Young people in residential care can have complex needs and are generally aged between 13 and 17. Many have experienced child abuse, neglect, or violence and because of this trauma are some of our most at-risk children and young people.

MacKillop provides residential care across Victoria and New South Wales, using a therapeutic approach whenever possible to help young people recover from trauma. Therapeutic care is focused on healing and recovery from the effects of abuse, neglect and separation from family. It is especially beneficial for children and young people with multiple and complex needs.

Building on this approach, MacKillop introduced an Equine Assisted Learning Hub in Barwon South West to assist the healing process for young people who have experienced trauma. The Hub allows children and young people to benefit from the healing process of safe and creative relational experiences with horses.

MacKillop provides tailored homes for young people in care with specialised needs. In our Victorian northern region, we operate a home personalised to deaf or hearing-impaired children and in the east, we operate Morgan House, one of the only services in Australia providing pre and postnatal care to pregnant and parenting young women who are involved with the Child Protection System.

In a recent New South Wales reform of child protection and out of home care practices, the traditional residential care model was replaced with the Intensive Therapeutic Care system reform. Read more here.

All referrals are made through the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria and Family and Community Services in New South Wales.