Association of Children's Welfare Agencies
The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families.
We work with our members, partners, government and non-government agencies and other peak bodies to bring about positive systemic reform that will deliver better outcomes to the lives of children and young people, including those living in out-of-home care.
Centre for Community Welfare Training
The Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) is a Registered Training Organisation which provides cost effective and accessible training opportunities for people working across the community welfare sector in NSW, in particular those working with vulnerable children, young people and families.
CCWT provides both short courses and in-house training as well as specialised programs, coaching and supervision.
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ACWA has been undertaking joint work with the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) to raise awareness about the Joint Protocol to reduce the contact of young people in residential out of home care with the criminal justice system, and to promote its effective and consistent implementation. In addition to our role in co-chairing the […]Read more
This February, the newly established Joint Taskforce will officially commence its critical work addressing issues associated with the implementation of the Permanency Support Program. This team, which is comprised of representatives from AbSec, the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and ACWA, has already met to discuss important governance arrangements that need to be addressed ahead […]Read more
What a privilege it was to have Isaiah Dawe speak with ACWA members at our recent AGM about the inspiring work he is doing, through his mentoring program ID Know Yourself, to empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in care and support them to thrive as adults. Isaiah, who grew up in care […]Read more
Sixteen graduates have emerged triumphantly from ACWA’s intensive seven-month Community Leadership Program (CLP) this year to begin their journeys as future sector leaders. The group (pictured above) celebrated their achievements during a graduation ceremony at ACWA in November, with Mark Ashby presenting each of the graduates their certificates on behalf of program sponsor HESTA. This event […]Read more
We are often told that the greatest leaders are those who support others to approach challenges creatively, solve problems independently and reach their own leadership potential. But where do these great leaders go for support when they need it themselves? In her book Leading So People Will Follow, popular Forbes blogger Erika Andersen writes that […]Read more