ACWA Airs Member Concerns Over Reform Implementation

ACWA has written to Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward seeking clarity and resolution around a number of serious concerns being voiced by the non-government sector in relation to the implementation of the Permanency Support Program (PSP) reforms. In his letter, ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum has requested a meeting with Ms Goward to […]

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Kinship Care: Making It a National Issue

ACWA has commenced work on a project aimed at establishing a national policy focus on kinship care. Background The use of kinship care for statutory child protection placements in Australia is burgeoning. The latest national AIHW figures (June 2017) reveal 47 percent of children living in out-of-home care were in kinship/relative care. ACWA is concerned […]

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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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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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