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.
Online safety resources for carers and children & young people in care
ACWA is pleased to announce the completion of its national project – funded by an online safety grant from the eSafety Commissioner – to co-design and develop resources aimed at raising awareness of online safety among children and young people in care and their caregivers. The resources include a series of short videos for children […]Read more
COVID-19 Sector Information Hub
Amid the evolving COVID-19 situation, ACWA has compiled the following links to information, advice and resources that are specific to our sector. We will be regularly updating this page as new information comes to hand. Department of Communities and Justice Information The COVID-19 Guidelines for Residential Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) Settings and Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) […]Read more
Vale Morri Young
We are very sad to announce the recent passing of Morri Young OAM, CEO of ACWA from 1986 to 1997 and one of our strongest supporters thereafter. Morri began his a career as a social worker in the child protection system, with the then Department of Community Services (DOCS). He became known for his passionate […]Read more
ACWA 2021 AGM: Board Election and Constitution Changes
ACWA has welcomed a fresh face to our Board, with the election of Narang Bir-rong’s CEO, Heidi Bradshaw. The Board election results were declared at ACWA’s 2021 Annual General Meeting, held on November 4. The other two Board positions up for election were filled by returning directors, Dr Lisa Griffiths (OzChild) and Dr Robyn Miller […]Read more
What’s New at ACWA: September Update
Welcome to our latest What’s New at ACWA newsletter for 2021. Unfortunately, many of us currently find ourselves in ‘lock down’, dealing with the challenges of delivering services to vulnerable children, young people and families during a major COVID-19 outbreak. ACWA has been busy advocating in relation to COVID-19 issues as well as progressing a […]Read more