What works in Residential Care


Lorraine Thomson, Prof Morag McArthur, Rob Long, Prof Peter Camilleri

Funding Source:

Marist Youth Care


This project for Marist Youth Care (MYC) comprised of two parts. A literature review canvassed the topic of what works in residential care. It identified key themes which emerged from the literature, and focused on the areas of care identified in the Looking After Children Framework. It also looked at literature about good practices in the leaving care process.

Secondly, ICPS facilitated a workshop with MYC to apply these themes to practice in their Compass Program and other programs for young people with intensive support needs.


Thomson, L., McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2005). What works in residential care? A review of the literature. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.