From the CEO’s Desk

ACWA’s core responsibility is to advocate for systemic changes to improve the lives of vulnerable children, young people and their families. Our strategic plan emphasises the need for ACWA to work collaboratively with government and non-government stakeholders in seeking to achieve positive outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community. Over the past six months, […]

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Child and Family Research Stocktake: We’re Seeking Your Help

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 […]

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Kinship Care Forum With Dr Lucy Peake

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 […]

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DCJ ChildStory Roundtable Wrap Up

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 […]

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Assessing for Permanency: Parent Assessment for Restoration Tool Now Available

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 […]

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