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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Training schedule for 2018 now available

Over the last 30 years we have seen many changes in the community sector and provided relevant professional development opportunities and qualifications to support the work in the sector. Recent changes include the transition of out-of-home care services to the non-government sector, a major restructure of how services are offered in the homelessness sector, changes […]

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Shaping a Better Child Protection System: ACWA’s Response

ACWA has responded to the Shaping a Better Child Protection System Discussion Paper with valuable input from our member agencies. To help gather sector feedback ACWA hosted a consultation workshop in November, which was attended by 12 member representatives from the service spectrum of early intervention to out-of-home care (OOHC) and adoption specialists. We focused […]

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Education and Out-of-Home Care: Highlighting the Need for Change

Prompted by alarming research findings, Allambi Care has initiated its ‘Learning Without Walls’ program in a bid to boost educational opportunities and outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care. Education Manager Parker Jackson explains: Allambi Care experiences the disadvantage impacting children and young people in education daily. A recent snapshot of residential clients […]

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Higher Education on ACWA’s End of Year TIF Meeting Agenda

If you haven’t been able to attend an ACWA Transition to Independence (TIF) meeting this year, then this will be your last chance. Our final gathering of the year, on Friday, December 8, will be focused on higher education and the University of Western Sydney has generously agreed to play host at its Parramatta City […]

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Supporting the Educational Aspirations of Care Leavers and Young People in Care

In this latest article in ACWA’s ‘Let Them Learn’ series on the educational needs of children in care, Richard Pourau writes about the positive work being carried out by Western Sydney University to address some of the potential barriers to educational achievement experienced by this cohort. Young people within the out-of-home care system, as well […]

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