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.
Sixteen graduates have emerged triumphantly from ACWA’s intensive seven-month Community Leadership Program (CLP) this year to begin their journeys as future sector leaders. The group (pictured above) celebrated their achievements during a graduation ceremony at ACWA in November, with Mark Ashby presenting each of the graduates their certificates on behalf of program sponsor HESTA. This event […]Read more
We are often told that the greatest leaders are those who support others to approach challenges creatively, solve problems independently and reach their own leadership potential. But where do these great leaders go for support when they need it themselves? In her book Leading So People Will Follow, popular Forbes blogger Erika Andersen writes that […]Read more
ACWA has released our Centre for Community Welfare Training’s (CCWT) latest Short Courses Training Calendar detailing courses that have been scheduled for February to May next year. CCWT will be releasing training calendars every six months during 2020, as opposed to our traditional yearly publication. This is so we can be more flexible in meeting the […]Read more
For almost 20 years, ACWA has developed resources to train and assess carers. These resources, known as Shared Lives and Step by Step, are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they effectively meet the contemporary needs of the sector. Versions of these tools are used in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and NSW. Throughout 2019, ACWA […]Read more
Over the past three months, ACWA has been working with AbSec and the Department of Communities and Justice on a project focused on developing strategies to reduce the number of children and young people in Alternative Care Arrangements (ACAs). This report provides a snapshot of the outcomes that have been achieved under this project to date, and outlines […]Read more