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Targeted Care Packages (TCP)

Assist children to return to their primary caregiver or suitable longer accommodation option under DHHS guidance and direction.

TCPs are managed by Nexus Key Workers who support the TCP care team to work collaboratively for the best interests of the child.

All TCP teams work from a trauma informed approach to assist children to overcome the traumatic issues that led to the involvement of DHHS.  

We recommend contact with a child’s DHHS Child Protection worker to find out if they are eligible for a TCP referral to Nexus. 

In 2015 the Victorian Government introduced Targeted CarePackages (TCP) as an innovative and flexible alternative to residential care.

Eligibility for TCP

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for a TCP if they are:

  • at risk of entering residential care or currently in residential care; 
  • have access to a care arrangement that is able to provide improved outcomes for the child/young person. 

TCPs are available for all eligible children/young people. However, there are priority groups including children who are aboriginal, under 12 years or have a disability. The Targeted Care Package remains in place until the child no longer requires it, or for up to 12 months following the closure of child protection involvement.

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