A new means-tested adoption allowance announced by the NSW Government in March is now in operation. This allowance, which came into force on July 1, will mirror the carer allowance rates paid by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services so that an eligible person adopting a child in their care is likely to retain […]
Since 2000, prospective foster carers have been attending ‘Shared Stories, Shared Lives’ training, which was developed by ACWA and FACS. However all that is set to change, with the package undergoing a major revamp to ensure it continues to meet the existing and emerging skills needs of the changing out-of-home care sector. Over the past six months […]
ACWA has welcomed the release today of the See, Understand and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse – a Practical Kit, a world-first resource that provides child protection workers advice and resources for responding to victims of child sexual abuse.
The announcement by FACS this week that it is suspending its Intensive Therapeutic Care tendering process until further notice is a win for collaboration and common sense, writes ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum: In what can only be described as an ‘interesting time’, the sector has been ‘knee-deep’ in the tendering/recommissioning of out-of-home care services and […]
The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the return of Pru Goward to her former portfolio of Family and Community Services under NSW Premier Glady’s Berejiklian’s new-look Cabinet. CEO Andrew McCallum said ACWA looks forward to working closely again with Minister Goward, who was previously responsible for the Family and Community Services portfolio […]