Developing Practice

The child youth and family work journal

Developing Practice is a refereed journal that has been published by the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and the NSW Family Services (FamS) for the child, youth and family services sector since 2001.

The journal is published three times a year and is nationally recognised for its coverage of issues affecting vulnerable children, young people and families.



Developing Practice is divided into five sections:

  • Opinion Pieces
  • Articles
  • Practitioners' Perspectives
  • Book Reviews
  • Sector Resources

Key content areas include:

  • Family work
  • Out-of-home care
  • Child protection
  • Young people at risk
  • Early intervention
  • Group work
  • Community development programs for children and families.

Contributing to developing practice

Developing Practice welcomes contributions from practitioners, researchers and academics on all aspects of child, youth and family services. We place strong value in the field experience of professionals working at the coalface of the sector and particularly welcome articles, opinion pieces and perspectives that relate to direct service delivery.

Developing Practice uses a double blind review system to ensure objectivity in the selection of articles for publication. Each article is reviewed by two independent reviewers who are chosen for their expertise and interest in the article subject area. Appropriate reviewers are selected by the Editor after an initial assessment of the article. This review process can take up to six months. Download reviewer guidelines.

The Editorial Committee will acknowledge receipt of articles by prospective authors prior to review. Once articles have been reviewed, the Editorial Committee will consider the reviewers' recommendations and contact the lead author.

Download author guidelines and copyright information.

Subscription forms

To purchase individual articles, please contact Informit

For subscription enquiries and for information about obtaining back issues, please contact Veronica Olson at ACWA:

Phone: 9281 8822 
Fax: 9281 8827 

Past issues

IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Child safety as fundamental to wellbeing: Taking stock, envisioning change Policy and program implementation and local ownership or “our place and our responsibilities” NAHA...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: It's not a transition plan if the young person wasn't involved Articles: Higher and further education for cae leavers: A road less travelled Exploring ways in which to...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Young people transitioning from out-of-home care: A nationally consistent approach to planning Towards better outcomes: A social investment model of support for young people...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Australian Aboriginal Governance Articles: Animal Assisted Therapy: More than just recreation? On their own: Perceptions of services by homeless young refugees Therapeutic...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Assessing the health and wellbeing needs of children in out-of-home care - necessary and sufficient? Applying the ‘Best lnterests’ Principle to decisions about child health...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: ‘Intervening’ in the Northern Territory Kinship care and wellbeing: Children speak out Articles: Evidence-informed practice in child welfare: Definitions, challenges and...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Challenges ahead for history making framework Compulsory Income Management: Adding to the history of failed child welfare intervention Articles: Family Drug Courts: An...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Middle me this! Doing our best for children in the middle years Articles: Will the crowding be over or will there still be overcrowding in indigenous housing? Lessons from...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: “Here under the Southern Cross.... ”: Reflections on child welfare reform in Australia Voluntary out-of-home care: Collaborative service provision for children, young people...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Can a national approach really make a difference? Six lessons for change Articles: Addressing the burden of obesity among disadvantaged families Obesity prevention and human...