Research Forum

As part of our research activities, ACWA convenes a Research Forum to:

  1. Discuss and debate current policy and research issues in child, youth and family welfare in NSW.
  2. Establish links between relevant peak bodies, tertiary institutions and agencies.
  3. Explore opportunities for collaboration in research projects with relevant universities, government and non-government organisations and other relevant bodies.
  4. Monitor state and national research agendas, policy trends and data collection strategies.
  5. Provide advice to ACWA on the Association's research agenda and specific proposals/projects.

Professor Elizabeth Fernandez of the University of NSW is the Chairperson of ACWA's Research Forum. Dr Fernandez already has a close association with ACWA as Chair of ACWA's Conference Scientific Committee.

Upcoming Research Forums

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 09:00 to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 16:00


The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continues to expose and highlight concerning issues, practices and real-life examples where sexual safety for our children in...
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 -
09:30 to 12:30
Dr Rowlands will present on: What are Evidenced Based Practices; How they have been implemented in the larger social service system as well at the agency level; Why agencies should adopt the use of...
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 -
13:00 to 15:15
Education has the potential to make a substantial contribution towards improving the life-chances of the 50,000 children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) across Australia and New Zealand...
Monday, May 25, 2015 -
14:00 to 16:00
Child abuse inquiries and reviews have become part of life. As a consequence, policy makers are regularly faced with long lists of recommendations emanating from them, often underpinned by a...
Thursday, March 26, 2015 -
09:15 to 12:45
What should be the future for contracting relationships across the spectrum of services in the pre statutory family support and OOHC areas in NSW? If we wanted to see a system that held itself to...