Developing Practice

The child youth and family work journal

Developing Practice is a refereed journal that has been published by the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and the NSW Family Services (FamS) for the child, youth and family services sector since 2001.

The journal is published three times a year and is nationally recognised for its coverage of issues affecting vulnerable children, young people and families.



Developing Practice is divided into five sections:

  • Opinion Pieces
  • Articles
  • Practitioners' Perspectives
  • Book Reviews
  • Sector Resources

Key content areas include:

  • Family work
  • Out-of-home care
  • Child protection
  • Young people at risk
  • Early intervention
  • Group work
  • Community development programs for children and families.

Contributing to developing practice

Developing Practice welcomes contributions from practitioners, researchers and academics on all aspects of child, youth and family services. We place strong value in the field experience of professionals working at the coalface of the sector and particularly welcome articles, opinion pieces and perspectives that relate to direct service delivery.

Developing Practice uses a double blind review system to ensure objectivity in the selection of articles for publication. Each article is reviewed by two independent reviewers who are chosen for their expertise and interest in the article subject area. Appropriate reviewers are selected by the Editor after an initial assessment of the article. This review process can take up to six months. Download reviewer guidelines.

The Editorial Committee will acknowledge receipt of articles by prospective authors prior to review. Once articles have been reviewed, the Editorial Committee will consider the reviewers' recommendations and contact the lead author.

Download author guidelines and copyright information.

Subscription forms

To purchase individual articles, please contact Informit

For subscription enquiries and for information about obtaining back issues, please contact Veronica Olson at ACWA:

Phone: 9281 8822 
Fax: 9281 8827 

Past issues

In this issue: Articles: What road ahead? Directions and challenges for the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. Early intervention and the first thousand days of child...
In this issue: Articles: Young people transitioning from out-of-home care: A case study of Australian media reporting 2004-2015 Do abused children deserve investigative journalism? A case study Media...
In this issue: Articles: Engaging Aboriginal fathers From their viewpoint: Children and young people on the attributes of esteemed foster carers Incorporating music therapy into therapeutic...
Developing Practice Issue 41 IN THIS EDITION: Articles: Pillars of Practice: A framework for embedding the whole organisation in therapeutic practice New South Wales Intensive Foster Care Program...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: What's love got to do with it? Articles: It's one 'smart' solution: Using new and emerging technologies to support the mental health and wellbeing of young men A vision for...
Developing Practice Issue 41 IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Belief and ability: Essential qualities of an effective child protection workforce Articles: Using early childhood development research in child...
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IN THIS ISSUE: Opinion: The accumulating evidence for cumulative harm Articles: The relationship between cumulative adversity in childhood and adolescent suicide and accidental death Therapeutic...
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IN THIS ISSUE: Opinion: Lives beyond the pale: The children of parents who hoard Articles: Child-Centred Research Workshops: A model for participatory, rights-based engagement with children ‘Why Wait...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: Young people count Articles: Children's perspectives of differnet care settings: Foster care, adoption, and kinship care Children's perspectives on their own wellbeing: "I...
IN THIS EDITION: Opinion: When restoration fails: An analysis of ten years finding permanency for children through ‘open adoption’ in NSW Articles: Outcomes of explicit affective practice: An...