Assessing Parental Capacity and Working With Parents Forum: A Wrap-Up

ACWA’s Best Practice Unit (BPU) hosted a two-day forum examining best practice for working with families and issues involved in the assessment of parental capacity in April. Held at the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) premises in Sydney, the event attracted around 70 managers and team leaders from out-of-home care […]

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Let Them Learn Advocacy Project: Progress Update

ACWA is continuing to make headway in our efforts to address the unacceptable levels of educational disadvantage experienced by children and young people living in out-of-home care in NSW, under our ‘Let Them Learn’ advocacy initiative. Improving the educational outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care remains an important priority for ACWA. The […]

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Assessing Parental Capacity and Working with Parents

ACWA’s Best Practice Unit hosted a two-day Assessing Parental Capacity and Working With Parents Best Practice Forum in April examining best practice for working with families and issues involved in the assessment of parental capacity. The forum was designed to support ACWA’s members in their work under the new Permanency Support Program. A summary of the two-day […]

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Kinship Care: Making It a National Issue

The use of kinship care for statutory child protection placements in Australia is burgeoning. The latest national AIHW figures (June 2017) reveal 47 percent of children living in out-of-home care were in kinship/relative care. ACWA is concerned about the lack of adequate, consistent policy and programmic responses for this growing form of care at both […]

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Let Them Learn: A Foster Carer’s Experience

A foster carer shares her experiences of working within a school community in this latest article in ACWA’s ‘Let Them Learn’ series on the educational needs of children in care: Ashley was aged five when he came to live with us one evening in June last year as an emergency care placement. Ashley’s caseworker was keen for me […]

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