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.

ACWA Conference 2018

20th – 22nd August

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.


Perfect training solutions

Ignite Your Leadership Brain with CLP

Amazing … Exhausting … Inspiring … These are just some of the words used to describe the three-day workshop Igniting Brains for Leadership led by dynamic executive coach Maryanne Perry. Using the latest in neuroscience research, participants explore new tools to enable them to make confident decisions and create confidence in them. “Understanding how our […]

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Rational Use of Psychotropic Medications with Youth in ITC Settings

Practitioners are invited to view Dr Chris Bellonci’s presentation from ACWA’s recent webinar on the rational use of psychotropic medications with youth in ITC settings. During his presentation, Dr Bellonci discussed current patterns of medication use and the opportunity to use residential stays as a setting for thoughtful medication reassessment. Participants got the chance to develop […]

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Assessing Parental Capacity and Working with Parents

ACWA’s Best Practice Unit hosted a two-day Assessing Parental Capacity and Working With Parents Best Practice Forum in April examining best practice for working with families and issues involved in the assessment of parental capacity. The forum was designed to support ACWA’s members in their work under the new Permanency Support Program. A summary of the two-day […]

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Help for Young People Struggling to Pay Off Fines

ACWA is eager to remind agencies working with young people about the Work Development Order Scheme operating in NSW that provides valuable support to vulnerable youth who are unable to pay their fines. The accrual of outstanding fines and subsequent debt can exacerbate the disadvantage already experienced by this cohort, as licences are suspended and […]

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Thinking of Attending ACWA’s Conference? Early Birds Now Available

Book now and join your colleagues at ACWA 2018! Our Program Committee is creating a thought-provoking program under the over-arching theme ‘Doing better for our children and families: Innovate, lead, change’. Learn, network and develop your knowledge from our international speakers including, Andy Kendrick, Harriet Ward, John Simmonds, Nina Biehal, Carmel Devaney and Karen Broadhurst. Register before June […]

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