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

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Latest News

Media Release: Disturbing Footage a Stark Reminder of Society’s Failure to Support its Most Vulnerable

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed moves by the Federal Government to establish a Royal Commission into the Northern Territory juvenile justice system in the wake of horror revelations of the abuse of teenage boys at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin. Acting CEO Dr Wendy Foote said the sickening […]

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Media Release: NSW Budget – ACWA Hopes for Momentum Shift

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the NSW Government’s additional Budget spend of $560 million over four years on initiatives aimed at keeping families together and stemming the growing tide of children and young people entering the state’s out-of-home care system. The 2016-17 Budget allocates new funding of $190 million over four […]

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ACWA Responds to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – OOHC Consultation Paper

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its Consultation Paper for out-of-home care (OOHC) in March 2016. ACWA’s response contains a total of 13 recommendations, including: The development of a therapeutic care framework to underpin the provision of OOHC services in all care settings, including residential, foster or kin care. Raising the […]

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Media Release: National Families Week 2016 – Children Need Safe Strong Families to Thrive

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) says foster families are our community’s most valuable asset when support services are not enough to keep vulnerable families together. ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum, who is an Ambassador for this week’s National Families Week (May 15-21), says family is the single most influential force in a child’s life […]

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