Compulsory Insurance: Proposed Changes to NSW Law

Members would be aware of proposed reforms to NSW laws requiring agencies to have insurance cover for child abuse. These proposed changes were the subject of the NSW Government’s consultation paper on civil litigation recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Submissions for this first round of consultation closed […]

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Transitioning to Primary School: Jake’s Story

This case study provides valuable insight into the collective commitment that can be involved in supporting the educational needs of children in care: Jake did not cope with the transition into a formal education setting. Having entered foster care at 3 months of age due to non-accidental injuries, he had been in a stable long-term […]

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ACWA’s Education Snapshot

One of ACWA’s key policy areas in 2017 has been educational access for children and young people in out-of-home care. In October 2017 we released our  Snapshot: Educational Engagement of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in NSW. Key findings from the data collected from members reveal: One in five school aged children and […]

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Have Your Say: Shaping a Better Child Protection System Discussion Paper

ACWA is responding to the Shaping a Better Child Protection System Discussion Paper and is seeking input from our membership, other key stakeholders and researchers with a view to coordinating an informed and useful submission. How To Provide Input  Face-to-face consultation ACWA will be holding a consultation on Wednesday, November 22, from 12:00 noon  to 4:00pm at […]

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The Impact of Health on the Educational Performance of Children in Care

Paediatrician Dr Karen McLean provides frontline insight into health related factors that are contributing to the poor educational outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care: As a paediatrician, I have seen significant challenges with the intersection between the health sector and the welfare/child protection sector, and have long suspected there are similar difficulties […]

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