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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Commissioning For Outcomes in NSW: An NGO Perspective

This report is the result of research commissioned by ACWA following a recommissioning workshop facilitated by KPMG in October 2018 involving FACS, NGO peaks, providers, regulators and other key stakeholders on the future shape of commissioning for services for children and families in NSW. The report draws on interviews with 20 NGO representatives and other […]

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ACWA Needs Analysis Available

As previously reported ACWA conducted a needs analysis of the sector in late 2017 to help identify what NGOs need to implement, change or provide to work in line with the Permanency Support Program reforms being implemented in NSW. The final report is now available for viewing and can be downloaded here. The ACWA Needs […]

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Kinship Care: Making It a National Issue

The use of kinship care for statutory child protection placements in Australia is burgeoning. The latest national AIHW figures (June 2017) reveal 47 percent of children living in out-of-home care were in kinship/relative care. ACWA is concerned about the lack of adequate, consistent policy and programmic responses for this growing form of care at both […]

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ACWA’s Education Snapshot

One of ACWA’s key policy areas in 2017 has been educational access for children and young people in out-of-home care. In October 2017 we released our  Snapshot: Educational Engagement of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care in NSW. Key findings from the data collected from members reveal: One in five school aged children and […]

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