ACWA’s Top Three Election Priorities

With NSW set to go to the polls on March 23, ACWA is calling on all sides of politics to prioritise the needs of vulnerable children and young people – particularly those who are living in out-of-home care, who are at risk of entering care, and who have left the care system. As part of […]

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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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ACWA Releases New National Kinship Care Report

ACWA has released a new report  Support for children in kinship care provided by the Commonwealth States & Territories of Australia as part of its Kinship Care: Making It a National Issue advocacy project aimed at establishing a national policy focus on this growing yet often overlooked form of out-of-home care. Written by Dr Meredith Kiraly (University […]

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New Child Protection Data Offers a Ray of Hope

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed new data showing the rate of children and young people entering out-of-home care in NSW is declining. Figures released this week by the Productivity Commission in its Report on Government Services reveal entries to care in NSW have dropped from 2.3 per 1,000 children in 2015-16 […]

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Proposed Child Protection Changes Require Scrutiny

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed efforts of the NSW Government to improve future outcomes for children and young people in care through proposed amendments to child protection laws, but remains concerned that the implications of such significant changes for families have not been adequately explored. ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum said any […]

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