Shaping a Better Child Protection System: ACWA’s Response

ACWA has responded to the Shaping a Better Child Protection System Discussion Paper with valuable input from our member agencies. To help gather sector feedback ACWA hosted a consultation workshop in November, which was attended by 12 member representatives from the service spectrum of early intervention to out-of-home care (OOHC) and adoption specialists. We focused […]

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NDIS and the Interface with OOHC

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 […]

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Tackling Poverty to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed calls by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) for a new national effort to address the rise of child poverty in Australia. According to ACOSS, one in six children are living below the poverty line. The national peak has marked the beginning of this week’s […]

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Agencies Focus on Tracking Key Outcomes for Children Accessing Permanency Support Services

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 […]

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New Permanency Case Management Policy

Following consultation both with NGOs and internally at FACS, a new permanency case management policy, rules and practice guidance are now available, supporting the objectives of the Permanency Support Program (PSP). The policy has been redesigned to bring together permanency pathways, programs and service models across the continuum of care. This includes early intervention and family […]

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