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: Children and young people and industrial relations Work choices and the Impact on the Community Services Workforce Large income losses from welfare to work reforms Sector...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: The impact of ‘Welfare to Work’ reforms on children and families Living and Learning Together: a celebration and appreciation of diversity Kidztalk: a group for children...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Australia’s response to depression The current crisis of mental health Enhancing family mental health where a parent has a mental illness Current and future availability of...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Outcomes are ‘in’ Evaluation: 'Horses for Courses' Measuring outcomes in child and family services The Changing World For The Non-Profit Sector Wrapped in angels Forgotten...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Child and family priorities for the federal election Best practices in family preservation Challenges for professionals working with children placed in kinship care and...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Interagency collaboration Disrupted adolescents in foster care: the role of the adolescent-carer relationship in placement stability Sector Resources: Child Welfare Outcome...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Developing an effective community services workforce A Further Perspective on Kinship Care: Indigenous Foster Care Sector Resources: When the children arrive: A Resource...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Public decency and respect for the rights of all children Reflections on the last twenty years and thoughts about the next twenty Breaking the Jobless/Homeless Cycle: Foyers...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Early intervention and prevention: Interview with Professor Fiona Stanley Theoretical frameworks for promoting children’s healthy development in the early years The First...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Services for children and young people with high support needs – it’s time to rethink Young people with high needs - a practical response Children and Young people first:...