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 calendar and in-house training as well as specialised programs, coaching and supervision.

ACWA 18 Conference: International Keynote Update

We’re delighted to welcome the following four international speakers to our ACWA 18 conference program: Andy Kendrick (Professor of Residential Child Care at the University of Strathclyde), Harriet Ward (Professor of Child and Family Research at Loughborough University), John Simmonds (Director of Policy, Research and Development at CoramBAAF) and Nina Biehal (Professor of Social Work […]

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ACWA Webinar: Rational Use of Psychotropic Medications with Youth in ITC settings

In this March 22 webinar, which runs from 9am to 10:30am, Dr Christopher Bellonci will discuss current patterns of medication use and the opportunity to use residential stays as a setting for thoughtful medication reassessment. In this presentation, participants will learn current prescribing trends and some of the causes of these trends in children’s mental […]

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Cuppa Catch Up With the Minister

Representatives from agencies across the sector welcomed the opportunity to meet with Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward over afternoon tea last week. ACWA and AbSec hosted the event in order to give member agencies the opportunity to hear directly from the Minister about major reforms taking place within NSW’s child protection system under […]

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