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 a Registered Training Organisation which provides cost effective and accessible training opportunities for people working across the community welfare sector in NSW, in particular 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.

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Latest News

Reducing the Number of Children and Young People in ACA Placements: Project Update

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 […]

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Save the Date: Care Proceedings – Achieving the Best Outcomes for Children

ACWA, in collaboration with the NSW Children’s Court, is pleased to invite you to participate in a full-day forum ‘Care Proceedings: Achieving the best outcomes for children’. This forum will be delivered by specialist Children’s Court personnel and legal practitioners from the Department of Communities and Justice, Legal Aid NSW, the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT […]

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ACWA Members’ Forum: Redress, Insurance and Models of Care

ACWA is pleased to invite our member agencies to participate in a half-day forum covering three critical financial topics. We’ve brought together legal and financial experts, practice leaders from member agencies, and leaders from other community-based organisations to present on, and answer questions about, the following topics: Seminar 1: The National Redress Scheme and related […]

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ACWA Annual Report

Please read our latest Annual Report to learn more about the key work ACWA has undertaken in 2018-2019, as well as our direction and priorities as we move forward.  

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Restoration: Cautionary Tales From the Children’s Court of NSW

The following article from the Children’s Court of NSW provides crucial guidance for Funded Service Providers into Children’s Court matters involving the care and protection of children, particularly in relation to restoration: The Children’s Court is a specialist court which deals with cases brought pursuant to the Children and Young Persons Care and Protection Act 1998 (‘the […]

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