St Luke’s House is a residential service. We provide accommodation and intensive support for up to 4 young people aged between 12 to 17 years, who are in the care of Child Safety Services (Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services) and have complex to extreme behavioural needs.
St Luke’s supports young people in the care and protection of Child Safety with complex to extreme support needs in the Far North Queensland Region including Cairns, Edmonton, Atherton, Innisfail, Cape York North and South and Torres Strait CSSC’s catchment areas.
Residential Care is provided in small group living for 4 young people, which may also accommodate sibling groups as negotiated.
Services provided have a strong focus on:
- supporting the development of enhancement of the young person’s life skills and self-care.
- assisting young people to develop or improve their social skills and relationships, including with family, peers and other social networks as appropriate.
- increasing the young person’s access to information and community supports, including in relation to future accommodation, housing, health and income support.
- facilitating access for young people to ongoing education, employment and skills acquisition opportunities.
Case planning and placement decision-making is undertaken by Child Safety Services. This will occur through consultation and participation with the child or young person, parents and other family members (where appropriate), carers and/or direct care staff, and other specialist staff and professionals.
St. Luke’s House provides residential care which is evidenced-based and informed particularly by theories of child development, attachment, trauma and grief and loss.
St. Luke’s House will work in partnership with Child Safety Services to identify, establish and maintain, where appropriate, connections between child and family (including extended family); community; and persons of significance (such as elders or close family friends); and be supportive of individual rights and ethnic, religious and cultural identity and values.