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 the name of ACWA’s learning and development arm. CCWT been operating as a Registered Training Organisation for more than 20 years, delivering quality, cost effective training that is tailored to meet the needs of the NSW community services workforce, particularly 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.

Latest News

A game-changing week

A huge congratulations to SNAICC – National Voice for our Children CEO Catherine Liddle and the team, and the Coalition of Peaks, whose push for the introduction of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Commissioner, finally came to fruition yesterday. SNAICC – National Voice for our Children and its many supporters spent years tirelessly advocating for the position, which will provide ‘evidence-based change to policies […]

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ACWA launches ‘Strategy to Action’ event series

On 8 November 2023, ACWA held its first ‘Strategy to Action day,’ which brought together over 100 practitioners and executives from our member organisations, as well as academics and invited guests, for a jam-packed day of knowledge-sharing across two topic streams—Family Preservation and Out-of-Home Care (OOHC). The Family Preservation stream explored ‘what’s working in our […]

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Research Project—Social service responses to child and family poverty: International perspectives

ACWA invites all of its members to participate in an international research study by the International Association for Outcome-based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children’s Services to improve practice responses to cycles of poverty that compromise child and family wellbeing. This remains a huge challenge around the world and the research team very much […]

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ACWA’s end-of-year message

As we head towards our respective end-of-year shutdowns and the ‘quiet’ period, the team at ACWA wish to send all of our members, friends and supporters a restful festive season and positive start to the new year. There is much to celebrate and reflect on, but we also know how critical it is in our […]

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ACWA is pleased to invite its members to attend the 2023 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 8th November 2.00pm–4.00pm at a Sydney CBD location to be advised. We do ask that anyone wishing to attend the AGM, either in person or virtually, RSVPs in writing or by submitting a completed Notice of Attendance form to […]

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