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.
ACWA warmly invites our member agencies and sector colleagues to attend our 2019 Annual General Meeting, to be held on Thursday, October 31. Our AGM provides us a valuable opportunity to share with members and guests highlights of our latest activities and achievements, and to reflect on the year that was. This year’s guest speaker will […]Read more
Over the past few months, NCOSS, ACWA, AbSec, academics and the Department of Communities and Justice have been jointly exploring the potential benefits of establishing a Human Services Research Council to provide a platform for the Government, NGO sector and academic institutions to regularly come together with the aims of: identifying those areas that should […]Read more
On September 9, ACWA hosted a NSW Kinship Care Forum with Dr Lucy Peake, CEO of Grandparents Plus, a unique United Kingdom (UK) charity dedicated to supporting kinship carers. This event, which coincided with NSW Foster & Kinship Care Week (September 8-14), was the final in a series of nationwide forums, workshops and conference presentations […]Read more
Families, Communities and Disability Services Minister, Gareth Ward, has sent a resounding message to ACWA members that transforming the state’s ChildStory IT system to better meet the needs of Permanency Support Program (PSP) providers, remains a top priority for him and his Department. Speaking to a packed room of members in August, Minister Ward emphasised […]Read more
ACWA’s Step by Step family continues to grow, with the release of our Parent Assessment Tool for use in Restoration Assessments following a nine month pilot program. The Step by Step Parent Assessment for Restoration Tool has been informed by the Wilkins and Farmer (2015) Evidence-Informed Framework for Return Home Practice1, and consists of: A Manual for […]Read more