Association of Children's Welfare Agencies

The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families.

We work with our members, partners, government and non-government agencies and other peak bodies to bring about positive systemic reform that will deliver better outcomes to the lives of children and young people, including those living in out-of-home care.

Centre for Community Welfare Training

The Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT) is the name of ACWA’s learning and development arm. CCWT been operating as a Registered Training Organisation for more than 20 years, delivering quality, cost effective training that is tailored to meet the needs of the NSW community services workforce, particularly those working with vulnerable children, young people and families.

CCWT provides both short courses and in-house training, as well as specialised programs, coaching and supervision.

Latest News

1,000 community workers across NSW to receive free professional Coercive Control training

The Centre of Community Welfare Training (CCWT) have been successful in winning the tender to rollout Coercive Control training, funded by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), to help address the concerning number of women experiencing abuse in their intimate relationships. The free training program has been designed to upskill the state’s 1,000+ specialised […]

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Family Preservation Redesign Submission

ACWA thanks its members for their input to our submission on Redesigning Family Preservation in NSW. ACWA members provided extensive input through an online consultation forum with members of the ACWA Family Preservation Collaborative, and written input from agencies addressing key aspects of the redesign, raising points directly with ACWA. Members of the Family Preservation […]

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Large gathering of local and international child and family specialists to address disadvantage at major conference

After a six-year hiatus, the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) international conference is making a long-awaited comeback, with a jam-packed program designed to tackle the most critical issues facing vulnerable children, families, and young people. ACWA CEO, Maree Walk, says: “It’s a thrill that we’ve been able to bring back one of the sector’s […]

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Peak Body’s Response to Announcement of Review and ACYP’s Report

CEO of the Association for Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA), Maree Walk said the not-for-profit sector welcomed Minister Washington’s announcement of a six-month review into Out of Home Care, including foster care, residential care, and high-cost emergency accommodation. “We’re very optimistic that the review will be a catalyst for a revitalisation of Out of Home Care. […]

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Help ACWA develop a model Practice Governance Framework

ACWA is currently working with colleagues from the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) to develop a model Practice Governance Framework (PGF) that can be adapted for use by our member organisations. A PGF aims to: Place practice quality at the centre of what an organisation does Stipulate how an organisation is governed Describe the overall approach […]

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