Resources

ACWA is actively engaged in advancing the sector’s workforce capability and driving continuous improvement of practice. As part of this ongoing commitment to best practice, we have developed a range of resources for use by practitioners.

New One to One Pre-Authorisation Training for Kinship Carers

ACWA is excited to announce the launch of our Shared Lives Relative Kinship carer training package, designed to be delivered one to one in relative kinship carers’ homes. This brand new package is based on ACWA’s existing Shared Lives Foster Carer training package, covering the essential topics of developmental trauma and repair parenting. Like our Foster Carer package, it is delivered […]

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ACWA Out-of-Home Care Capability Framework

ACWA’s Best Practice Unit has developed the Out-of-Home Care Capability Framework (NSW) as part of their response to the current changes and growth in the sector caused by legislative reform and the transition of OOHC services to non-government organisations. The aim is to give organisations that provide out of home care a structured system by […]

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New Joint Protocol Training for Residential Care Workers

ACWA is pleased to advise that the training module designed to support staff working in out-of-home care residential services to implement the Joint Protocol for Young People in Residential Out-of-Home Care with the Criminal Justice System is now up and running. The training package is available on ACWA’s Learning Management System, and can be accessed using these […]

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Out Of Home Care and the Criminal Justice System

Care-criminalisation: the involvement of children in out of home care in the NSW criminal justice system This article discusses the involvement in the New South Wales criminal justice system of a cohort of children in out-of-home care. The paper reports the findings of a four-year research project that investigated the relationship between the child welfare and […]

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Tune Report Points to a Public Health Approach

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the long awaited release this week of David Tune’s Independent Review of Out of Home Care in NSW, saying it provides compelling grounds for NSW to adopt a public health approach to child protection.  ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum has described findings contained in the Tune Report […]

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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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Open Adoption Series

Background The Open Adoption Series was developed by ACWA’s Best Practice Unit and FACS following a forum on Open Adoption in May 2015. This resource is designed to help the OOHC sector build knowledge of past and present adoption practice, facilitate discussion and influence culture change. How to use this resource We encourage you to […]

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Rational Use of Psychotropic Medications with Youth in ITC Settings

Practitioners are invited to view Dr Chris Bellonci’s presentation from ACWA’s recent webinar on the rational use of psychotropic medications with youth in ITC settings. During his presentation, Dr Bellonci discussed current patterns of medication use and the opportunity to use residential stays as a setting for thoughtful medication reassessment. Participants got the chance to develop […]

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Assessing Parental Capacity and Working with Parents

ACWA’s Best Practice Unit hosted a two-day Assessing Parental Capacity and Working With Parents Best Practice Forum in April examining best practice for working with families and issues involved in the assessment of parental capacity. The forum was designed to support ACWA’s members in their work under the new Permanency Support Program. A summary of the two-day […]

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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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