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

Expressions of Interest for Alternative Care Arrangements Taskforce

In August 2018, FACS established a time-limited internal think tank called the Alternative Care Arrangements Taskforce (ACAT) to help identify and implement specific and targeted short, medium and long-term strategies and initiatives to create permanency and improve outcomes for children and young people in alternative care arrangements (ACA) that will: Increase transitions to more suitable […]

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ACWA Welcomes New National Child Protection Plan

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the release this week of the Fourth Action Plan (2018-2020) under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. Acting CEO Dr Wendy Foote said the NSW peak strongly supports the focus of the Fourth Action Plan on collectively tackling the unacceptable rate of child abuse […]

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Permanency Support Program Business Rules and Package Overviews

FACS has updated its Business Rules: Eligibility Criteria for PSP Service Packages to provide greater clarity around the eligibility criteria for each package.  In particular, the eligibility criteria for the Case coordination (post permanency casework support) baseline package has been clarified and a new package, Case coordination (not in placement) baseline package, has been added in […]

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Emerging Practice Knowledge: Current Research and Practice Issues in Child and Family Services

The latest edition of ACWA’s developing practice journal (Issue 49), guest edited by Dr Wendy Foote (ACWA), is now available. The issue begins with Judi Apte’s in-depth discussion of two key components of collaborative work (collective intelligence and cognitive flexibility) and the importance of leadership capabilities in promoting successful interprofessional collaboration. Judi then provides readers with a practical […]

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