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.

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 short courses and in-house training as well as specialised programs, coaching and supervision.

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Latest News

Kinship Care Forum With Dr Lucy Peake

On September 9, ACWA hosted a NSW Kinship Care Forum with Dr Lucy Peake, CEO of Grandparents Plus, a unique United Kingdom (UK) charity dedicated to supporting kinship carers. This event, which coincided with NSW Foster & Kinship Care Week (September 8-14), was the final in a series of nationwide forums, workshops and conference presentations […]

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DCJ ChildStory Roundtable Wrap Up

Families, Communities and Disability Services Minister, Gareth Ward, has sent a resounding message to ACWA members that transforming the state’s ChildStory IT system to better meet the needs of Permanency Support Program (PSP) providers, remains a top priority for him and his Department. Speaking to a packed room of members in August, Minister Ward emphasised […]

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Assessing for Permanency: Parent Assessment for Restoration Tool Now Available

ACWA’s Step by Step family continues to grow, with the release of our Parent Assessment Tool for use in Restoration Assessments following a nine month pilot program. The Step by Step Parent Assessment for Restoration Tool has been informed by the Wilkins and Farmer (2015) Evidence-Informed Framework for Return Home Practice1, and consists of: A Manual for […]

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OOHC Providers and Young People Invited to Participate in Upcoming National Youth Commission Public Hearings

The National Youth Commission (NYC) will be in Sydney from October 28 to November 14 to host a series of public hearings as part of its two-year National Inquiry into Youth Employment and Transitions. The public hearings will be held in four locations across Greater Sydney on the following dates: Sydney CBD: October 28-31 Parramatta: November […]

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Transitioning from OOHC: Professional Development Workshops With Iain Matheson

August’s Homestretch Symposium in Sydney highlighted the critical importance of transitioning from out-of-home care (OOHC) across both Australia and New Zealand, and the need for us all, whatever our roles and involvement, to strive for better outcomes. Being offered in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, these two one-day professional development workshops span transition preparation, extended care, relationship-based support, and accommodation. They […]

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