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

Proposed Child Protection Legislative Changes

AbSec has written a letter to Minister Pru Goward outlining its concerns about what planned changes contained in the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill 2018 will mean for Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities, and is proposing collaborative ways to strengthen the legislation.

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ACWA’s Community Leadership Program turns 10!

ACWA continues our commitment to the development of people working in the community sector with our transformational Community Leadership Program (formerly Emerging Leaders Program), turning great managers into bold and confident leaders who are ready for the challenges ahead. In the last 10 years, more than 150 community and human services professionals have undertaken the […]

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ACWA Conference Keynote Presentations

Listed below are the keynote presentations from ACWA’s 2018 national conference Doing better for our children and families: Innovate, lead, change.   Day 1 Keynote Addresses Dr Jenny Driscoll, King’s College London: The rights of the child in the child protection system – A case study in ambivalence? Dr Carmel Devaney, National University of Ireland: Partnership, prevention and […]

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ACWA Seeks Expression of Interest for Sector Leader Reflection and Dialogue Sessions

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy, former US President We are often told that the greatest leaders are those who support others to approach challenges creatively, solve problems independently and reach their own leadership potential. But where do these great leaders go for support when they need it themselves? […]

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