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 Correspondence to FACS

ACWA has written to FACS this week highlighting concerns that a gap in the current out-of-home care service system may be leaving a cohort of high needs children without permanency options. In a letter  to FACS Commissioning Deputy Secretary Deidre Mulkerin, ACWA Deputy CEO Dr Wendy Foote writes: I am writing on behalf of the ACWA […]

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Important Information from FACS: Transition of Children and Young People to PSP Service Packages

As agencies would be aware, on 1 October 2017 FACS entered into new contracting arrangements with non-government permanency and out-of-home care service providers. Commencing from 1 July 2018, the new Permanency Support Program funding model will be fully operational and FACS will use ChildStory, rather than the Interim Payment System, to make automatic payments to […]

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ACWA’s Permanency Support Program Needs Analysis: What We Heard

While full implementation of the Permanency Support Program (PSP) does not start until 1 July this year, a number of incremental changes have been coming into effect since October 2017. To support implementation of these changes, FACS has funded ACWA to conduct a needs analysis of the sector through our membership. ACWA began this process […]

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Workshop Provides Crucial Cyber Security Advice for NGOs

ACWA hosted a Cyber Security Workshop for NGO heads and IT staff last week, featuring cyber security expert Keith Price (Black Swan Group) and Stuart Hutcheon (StewartBrown), who spoke about the rising threat of hacking and what measures organisations can take in order to avoid falling prey to cyber attacks. The guest speakers emphasised why […]

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