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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
One of ACWA’s key policy areas in 2017 has been educational access for children and young people in out-of-home care. In October 2017 we released our Snapshot: Educational Engagement of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in NSW. Key findings from the data collected from members reveal: One in five school aged children and […]
‘Let Them Learn’: ACWA Sets its Advocacy Sights on Improving Educational Outcomes of NSW Children in Care
ACWA has embarked upon an advocacy initiative that seeks to raise the unacceptable levels of educational disadvantage currently experienced by children and young people living in out-of-home care in NSW. Our ‘Let Them Learn’ project aims to bring about system wide change to ensure this vulnerable cohort has access to appropriate education that will prepare […]
Under a joint initiative between ACWA and FACS a total of twelve forums exploring the interface between the NDIS and OOHC were convened across NSW – from Albury in the South to Ballina in the North and Broken Hill in the West These forums were well attended and ACWA would like to thank everyone that […]
ACWA’S Best Practice Unit (BPU), in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), brought together a full house of leading experts and academics, NGO managers and practitioners, policy makers, data analysts, private and public legal practitioners, and training specialists for the sector’s first ever ‘Client and Performance Outcomes Day’. Participants at the […]
Measuring Therapeutic Outcomes for Children: Visiting Cornell University Child Welfare Implementation Experts Share Their Key Learnings
Distinguished implementation expert Martha J. Holden, Dr Debbie Sellers, Research Director at Cornell University Residential Child Care Project and Dr Diana Boswell, Cornell Instructor, Therapeutic Welfare Interventions, were welcome return visitors to ACWA’s Best Practice Unit (BPU) last week. Martha and her colleagues, joined by their Australian child welfare agency partners, gave a day of […]
ACWA is aware our members need to have a strong understanding of the changes to their PLAs and Funding Deeds that inform the Permanency Support Program. These 2017 reports – PLA Analysis and Funding Deed Analysis – highlight some of the critical differences.
ACWA’s Transition to Independence Forum (TIF) has developed a series of resources to support the sector and raise awareness of transitioning from care services in NSW, both what is available and the gaps that still need addressing. The three resources include: Service Profiles Service Area Map displaying aftercare services available to any young person who has […]