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What is Residential Care?
It may be the case that children and young people up to the age of 18 on the autism spectrum require a residential care placement to provide care and support when they have been removed from the family home.
Residential care is an out-of-home placement that can be temporary, short-term, or long-term, or provide immediate response accommodation.
It is provided in residential premises that are not the home of the child or their family, where care is provided by specialist workers 24 hours a day, including school holidays and other periods.
Residential care providers in South Australia have specific obligations and objectives:
- Care that addresses the specific support needs of children and young people on the spectrum
- Care that supports their safeguarding in alignment with NDIS Practice Standards
- Care that enables children and young people on the autism spectrum to access NDIS speciality supports that appropriately suit their support needs
- Care that, when appropriate, enables autistic children and young people to transition to NDIS funds post-care options, and
- Care that enables children and young people on the autism spectrum to experience improved social, economic, health and wellbeing outcomes.