National Families Week 2018: Every Child Needs a Loving and Stable Home

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is using National Families Week to highlight the urgent need in NSW for more families to help vulnerable children find permanency in safe, loving homes by becoming emergency, respite or restoration carers, or by considering open adoption from care. More than 60 children enter out-of-home care across NSW […]

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Bringing the Attachment Style Interview Tool to Australia

SAL Consulting’s Liz Sanders spoke at ACWA’s recent Assessing Parental Capacity and Working with Parents Forum about the use of the Attachment Style Interview (ASI) in complex parenting capacity assessments, and moves the agency is undertaking to introduce this evidence-based tool into Australia. Already widely used in Europe, SAL Consulting and Middlesex University are working […]

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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 Resources

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 about the lack of adequate, consistent policy and programmic responses for this growing form of care at both […]

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