Evolve Therapeutic Services
Evolve Therapeutic Services (ETS) provides specialist intensive trauma-informed mental health services for children and young people aged 0-18 years. The children and young people who come to Evolve Therapeutic Services are involved with The Department of Communities, Child Safety Services, or are on child protection orders and in out-of-home care. They experience severe and/or complex psychological and behavioural support needs.
We provide mental health support to help improve children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing and their participation at school and in the community. We do this by working therapeutically with children and young people and their families/carers. We also support the knowledge and skill development of foster/kinship carers, residential care providers, government, non-government and private sector service providers in supporting children and young people in care.
Who will I see?
Our multidisciplinary team may include allied health professionals (psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and speech pathologists), nursing, medical, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and administrative staff. You may see one or more members of our team, depending on your needs. Each team has a team leader and psychiatrist who will oversee your care.
If you speak a language other than English, we will arrange a free interpreter.
Who can access this service?
To be eligible for referral to Evolve Therapeutic Services, a young person will need to:
- be aged between 0-18 years
- present with severe and complex psychological and/or behavioural problems
- be subject to statutory Department of Communities, Child Safety Services intervention.
Children and young people must be managed by one of the Child Safety Service Centres listed below to access Evolve services.
- Fortitude Valley
- Forest Lake
- Mt Gravatt
- Stones Corner
If a child or young person lives in a suburb outside of these catchment area, ETS can assist in finding the right mental health service.
Do I need a referral?
You will need a formal referral to access this service.
How do I get a referral?
You must be referred to ETS from Child Safety Services, the Department of Communities.
If you know a child or young person that might benefit from Evolve Therapeutic Services, speak with their Child Safety Officer.
Information for health professionals
Evolve Therapeutic Services (ETS) is the Queensland Health component of Evolve Interagency Services, which is a collaborative interagency partnership between the:
- Department of Communities
- Child Safety Services
- Disability and Community Care Services
- Queensland Health
- Department of Education and Training.
The Department of Communities, Child Safety Services, are the lead agency and fund Evolve Therapeutic Services.
We work within the overarching interagency model to provide mental health therapeutic interventions for children and young people in care. This is achieved through the provision of appropriate therapeutic interventions and a coordinated and sustainable partnership with key government and non-government and private sector agencies. Our services include:
- comprehensive assessments, treatment plans and specialist therapeutic interventions and supports based on the bio-psycho-social-cultural needs of the child or young person and their support network
- medium to long-term trauma informed therapy to facilitate a child or young person’s ability to form secure attachments following ongoing abuse and neglect
- expertise in the understanding of complex trauma, abuse and neglect during childhood and it’s immediate and long-term impact.
- psycho-education to the child or young person’s support network.
Our service has been developed to be complementary to and integrated with existing Child and Youth Mental Health Services. Our teams are situated within Queensland Health, Child and Youth Mental Health Services (CYMHS). There are ten Evolve Therapeutic Services teams located across Queensland, two of which are located within Children’s Health Queensland.
Patient eligibility criteria
Referrals to this service are assessed against three criteria:
- The child/young person is under 18 years of age.
- The child/young person presents with severe and complex psychological and/or behavioural problems.
- The child/young person is subject to statutory Department of Communities, Child Safety Services intervention.
Each eligible referral is also assessed against the following prioritisation criteria:
- The need for a collaborative interagency service response
- The need for a specialist assessment and understanding of the psychological and behavioural impact of child abuse and neglect.
- The need for an intensive mental health therapeutic intervention.
Children and young people will be assessed on a case by case basis if they present with severe complex psychological or behavioural.
At times children and young people who are on a trajectory toward severe and/or complex psychological and/or behavioural problems may access Evolve Therapeutic Services. This is assessed on a case by case basis.
There may be times when Evolve Therapeutic Services is unable to accept a referral. Should this be the case, recommendations will be provided to Child Safety Services regarding other appropriate services that will best meet the specific needs of the child/young person.
Who may benefit from this service
Children and young people:
- subject to statutory intervention with the Department of Communities, Child Safety Services
- who have come into / or are in contact with the Youth Justice Service system
- of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
- between the ages of zero and four
- with co-morbidity (mental health, substance use, intellectual disabilities).
Child Development and Trauma Guide
Circle of Security
Department of Communities – Child Safety Services
Evolve Interagency Services
From isolation to connection
Loss and Grief for Children in Care
National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN)
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma – Loss and Grief Network