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.
For almost 20 years, ACWA has developed resources to train and assess carers. These resources, known as Shared Lives and Step by Step, are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they effectively meet the contemporary needs of the sector. Versions of these tools are used in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and NSW. Throughout 2019, ACWA […]Read more
Over the past three months, ACWA has been working with AbSec and the Department of Communities and Justice on a project focused on developing strategies to reduce the number of children and young people in Alternative Care Arrangements (ACAs). This report provides a snapshot of the outcomes that have been achieved under this project to date, and outlines […]Read more
ACWA, in collaboration with the NSW Children’s Court, is pleased to invite you to participate in a full-day forum ‘Care Proceedings: Achieving the best outcomes for children’. This forum will be delivered by specialist Children’s Court personnel and legal practitioners from the Department of Communities and Justice, Legal Aid NSW, the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT […]Read more
ACWA is pleased to invite our member agencies to participate in a half-day forum covering three critical financial topics. We’ve brought together legal and financial experts, practice leaders from member agencies, and leaders from other community-based organisations to present on, and answer questions about, the following topics: Seminar 1: The National Redress Scheme and related […]Read more
Please read our latest Annual Report to learn more about the key work ACWA has undertaken in 2018-2019, as well as our direction and priorities as we move forward.Read more