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.

ACWA Set to Trial New Step by Step Parent Assessment Tool for Restoration

The implementation of the Permanency Support Program (PSP) is one of the most significant changes made to the NSW child protection and out-of-home care (OOHC) systems in decades. For the sector, this new program brings with it substantial reforms to child protection and out-of-home care practice and culture. Under the PSP, NGOs are now required […]

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Commissioning For Outcomes in NSW: An NGO Perspective

This report is the result of research commissioned by ACWA following a recommissioning workshop facilitated by KPMG in October 2018 involving FACS, NGO peaks, providers, regulators and other key stakeholders on the future shape of commissioning for services for children and families in NSW. The report draws on interviews with 20 NGO representatives and other […]

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ACWA Conference Keynote Presentations

Listed below are the keynote presentations from ACWA’s 2018 national conference Doing better for our children and families: Innovate, lead, change.   Day 1 Keynote Addresses Dr Jenny Driscoll, King’s College London: The rights of the child in the child protection system – A case study in ambivalence? Dr Carmel Devaney, National University of Ireland: Partnership, prevention and […]

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Leaving Care Resources and Info for Caseworkers

The following FACS information sheets are designed to support caseworkers who are working with young people. Please share with colleagues and pass on to new staff members who may be supporting young people in care. New resources for caseworkers These resources provide an overview of the planning process and services including Smart and Skilled fee […]

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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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