Welcome to ACWA’s Sector Clearinghouse, where you will find the latest resources, research and information to support your work with children, young people and families.

Resources, research and reports

Resources for caseworkers 

Aboriginal Case Management Policy: Practice Guidance Resources
Collaborative Practice in Child Wellbeing and Protection: NSW Interagency Guidelines for Practitioners 2021
Keeping connected with video chats
PSP Learning Hub: Legal resources
Reframing Children’s Mental Health – a communications toolkit
Taking the journey toward a trauma-informed approach to Family Time
Telepractice Hub

For parents, carers & kids

Feeling safe – a beautiful picture book for young children about feeling safe
Stay Safe Online, Tell Someone Program
Thoughtful Parenting Kit

For organisations


Caseworkers’ Communication with Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care and their Caregivers
Children involved with NSW child protection services before five years of age
Cultural Identity, Community and Family Connections: Aboriginal Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care

Developmental Outcomes of Children and Young People in Relative Kinship Care and Foster Care
Educational Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care
Evidence Review of Permanency Practices
Factors influencing therapy use following a disclosure of child sexual abuse
Identifying the best strategies for effective client engagement in commissioning of government services
Influence of Placement Stability on Developmental Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care 
Placement Stability: Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care
Rates of therapy use following a disclosure of child sexual abuse
The impact of COVID-19 on child mental health and service barriers: The perspective of parents – August 2021
The impact of COVID-19 on the risk of online child sexual exploitation and the implications for child protection and policing


Birth family contact: What are the views of children and young people in out-of-home care?
Child Protection Australia 2019-20
Children and Youth Reported Missing from Out-of-Home Care in Australia
Impact of maternal age on children coming into contact with the child protection system
Leaving care planning: What are the views of young people in out-of-home care?
More care required: An analysis of leaving care support in New South Wales in 2021
My Forever Family 2020 Carer Survey Report
NSW Carer Support Needs: Coping in the context of COVID-19
Out of sight: Systemic inquiry into children and young people who are absent or missing from residential care
Participation in decision making: What are the views of children and young people in out-of-home care?
The Social Sector in NSW: Capitalising on the Potential for Growth
Transitioning to Adulthood from Out-of-Home Care: Independence or Interdependence?

Webinar recordings

In Discussion with Disability Advocates: Every Child
Out-of-home care through the lens of attachment theory: NSW Committee on Adoption and Permanent Care
s.170 Sector Records Management Forum: Department of Communities and Justice (click here for presentation slides)
Streamlining Administrative Process Workshop: Q&A for PSP providersDepartment of Communities and Justice
The digital divide and remote service delivery: CFCA

Disclaimer. Unless ACWA has expressly stated otherwise, ACWA’s highlighting of resources, research, reports and other information in the above section, does not constitute an endorsement by ACWA of the content of this material. 

What’s on?

Sector events

Nov 25: FACSIAR lunchtime webinar 'Improving outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care with justice contact'
Nov 29: Home Stretch – A NSW Perspective

Dec 6-9: NEW DATES SNAICC National Conference
March 10: The Rights of the Child Symposium: Safety | Welfare | Protection | The Future
April 28-30: Create 2022 Conference: Voices in Action

June 15-17 2022: The Australian Institute of Family Studies 2022 Conference: Putting families at the centre (Abstract submissions close 14 Oct 2021)


CCWT Short Courses and Qualifications
Joint Protocol e-learning series for residential out-of-home care workers

Have your say

Families in Australia Survey (open to everyone living in Australia aged 18 years and over)
The Office of the Children's Guardian seeks your feedback on its accreditation and monitoring functions for out-of-home care and adoption (closes 8 Dec 2021)

Career opportunities

Visit NCOSS Community Jobs to view the latest employment opportunities in the NSW community services sector.

Do you have anything to share?

ACWA’s Sector Clearinghouse is a living document, and is updated on a regular basis. If there are is any information or resources that you would like us to share, please email: acwa@acwa.asn.au


Page updated: November 2021