Association of Children's Welfare Agencies

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families.

We work with our members, partners, government and non-government agencies and other peak bodies to bring about positive systemic reform that will deliver better outcomes to the lives of children and young people, including those living in out-of-home care.

ACWA Conference 2018

20th – 22nd August

Centre for Community Welfare Training

The Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) is a Registered Training Organisation which provides cost effective and accessible training opportunities for people working across the community welfare sector in NSW, in particular those working with vulnerable children, young people and families.

CCWT provides both calendar and in-house training as well as specialised programs, coaching and supervision.


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Help for Young People Struggling to Pay Off Fines

ACWA is eager to remind agencies working with young people about the Work Development Order Scheme operating in NSW that provides valuable support to vulnerable youth who are unable to pay their fines. The accrual of outstanding fines and subsequent debt can exacerbate the disadvantage already experienced by this cohort, as licences are suspended and […]

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Thinking of Attending ACWA’s Conference? Early Birds Now Available

Book now and join your colleagues at ACWA 2018! Our Program Committee is creating a thought-provoking program under the over-arching theme ‘Doing better for our children and families: Innovate, lead, change’. Learn, network and develop your knowledge from our international speakers including, Andy Kendrick, Harriet Ward, John Simmonds, Nina Biehal, Carmel Devaney and Karen Broadhurst. Register before June […]

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Join Our Team at ACWA

ACWA is looking to recruit a Research Officer or Principal Researcher to fill a vacancy within or organisation. We are able to be flexible with the role and would be looking for either an entry level new graduate, or a researcher with 2-5 years experience. The Principal Researcher role would be a leadership position, with applicants having had management […]

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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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