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 
Email: veronica@acwa.asn.au

Past issues

IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: If We Don’t Try, Then We Have Already Failed Bridging the Gap: Addressing Poverty and Disadvantage in NSW Communities Articles: Working in Integrated Child and Family...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Child Protection and Wood: Will We Rise to the Challenge? Improving Children’s Services: Homeopathy or Rocket Science? Articles: To Mesh and to Mould: Culture and Child...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Adoption from Care in England and Wales. Birmingham UK. Adoption from care; a New South Wales response Anticipating 2009: the year the nation joins forces on child...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Out-of-Home-Care : Creating pathways for achievement View From Central Australia "What happened to my family?" The Place of Family in Residential Care Exploring Attitudes...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Out-of-Home-Care : Creating pathways for achievement View From Central Australia "What happened to my family?" The Place of Family in Residential Care Exploring Attitudes...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: In the Town of Everywhere Engaging with Aboriginal communities to address social disadvantage Talking to My Mum: Strengthening relationships between mothers and children in...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: The Crisis in oral health Staying connected Tackling tobacco Education and Dysfunctional Attachment The Age of Adolescence Plus: Book Reviews Sector Resources View contents...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Education as the cornerstone of social justice The importance of inclusive education in redressing social disadvantage Education and disadvantaged children Success for Year...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: The importance of respecting Indigenous culture Self-determination and culture as protective factors for Aboriginal children Finding a way A journey of listening, sharing,...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Family Law Reform - Is it laws or families that need reforming? Will the changes to the Family Law Act benefit children and reduce family violence and the impact of DV? The...

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