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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ACWA’s Courting Success Forum: What We Learned

As part of the 2018 Family Matters National Week of Action (May14-20), ACWA hosted a ‘Courting Success’ forum to discuss strategies to reduce the unacceptable numbers of Aboriginal children and young people being removed into out-of-home care. The event, which attracted representatives from non-government organisations, as well as NSW Children’s Court President Judge Peter Johnstone […]

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ACWA Needs Analysis Available

As previously reported ACWA conducted a needs analysis of the sector in late 2017 to help identify what NGOs need to implement, change or provide to work in line with the Permanency Support Program reforms being implemented in NSW. The final report is now available for viewing and can be downloaded here. The ACWA Needs […]

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AbSec and ACWA Joint Statement: NSW Government Tender Award Shows Misplaced Priorities For Our Children

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has today named Adopt Change, in partnership with Prosper (Project Australia) and the Early Start Discovery Space, as the recipient of the NSW Carer Tender. The $2.3 million contract gives these organisations responsibility for the newly named My Forever Family NSW program, supporting and recruiting carers […]

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National Families Week 2018: Every Child Needs a Loving and Stable Home

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is using National Families Week to highlight the urgent need in NSW for more families to help vulnerable children find permanency in safe, loving homes by becoming emergency, respite or restoration carers, or by considering open adoption from care. More than 60 children enter out-of-home care across NSW […]

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