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Timothy DOOLEY APM

Year of Award: 2008 Award State: Tasmania Emergency Services > Police
Social Welfare > Children Care And Protection
To study youth intervention residential care programs for at risk youths aged between 12-16 years - USA, Canada
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The centres I visited offered three key elements:

  • Delivery of a standardised education curriculum

The curriculum was that of the state or province, and was subject to review by Education Department staff; it allowed students to move in and out with ease; it was recognised and understood clearly by teachers and parents; and it provided standardised accountability, governance and reporting for the Education Department, teachers, parents and students.

  • A residential environment that provided rigour, discipline, and accountability

Each centre provided a firm, consistent and secure environment for the residents; it provided a solid framework for the residents to live within, where they were accountable for their actions, attitudes, behaviours etc. Ground rules and expectations of behaviour were set and established, and were acknowledged and embraced by residents. Most of the accountability occurred among peers in a formalised process. Individual responsibility and establishment of a work ethic among residents were developed through programs such as animal husbandry, equine therapy, and completion of chores and duties.

  • Capacity building and development of self-esteem among residents

Each centre provided a range of opportunities to assist and support the development of self-esteem among its residents. In some cases counselling services were provided, but in all cases, elements of physical education, sports, or adventure therapy were apparent. These were regarded as critical in terms of self-esteem development, but they also had other benefits, like team building, mutual respect and healthy outdoor activities and lifestyles.

Since the completion of the Fellowship, I have maintained my work in this area by working with various forums, individuals and agencies. Although the ultimate aim of the Fellowship has not yet been realised (that is, the development of such a facility in Tasmania), it remains on the agenda and potentially within grasp.

I have moved on since my Fellowship experience, but it remains a significant influence on my personal and professional life, and has been an important part of me developing a new and different perspective on such matters. The broadening of my views, knowledge, and experience is something I have benefited from immensely. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

Awards and Honours

  • 2016 awarded Australian Police Medal

 

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