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

ACWA 2018 Conference Program Now Available

ACWA has just released the detailed program for our national conference, which opens in Sydney on August 20. ACWA 2018 will focus on the continuing endeavours of our sector to provide better outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families. The three-day program offers a rich array of keynotes by internationally acclaimed speakers, masterclasses and concurrent […]

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Education Champions Workshop for Carers and Caseworkers

As part of our Let Them Learn project ACWA is teaming up with UTS and the Why Not You Project to provide a University Experience Day on Thursday, July 26, for students from Years 9-12 who are in care. Highlights of the day will include a Code and Design 3D Modelling Workshop for the teens and an Education Champions […]

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Using Evidence in Practice: The Role of Intermediaries

Although those working in the child welfare sector are increasingly wanting to develop evidence-informed practice, the systematic uptake of research findings can often prove difficult. Fortunately, many of the traditional obstacles encountered are being successfully negotiated with input from the growing field of implementation science and the involvement of intermediary organisations. So what is implementation […]

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Expression of interest to attend the National Kinship Care Forum

Thank you to everyone who registered an EOI. Date: 23 August 2018. Target audience for the day: State and federal policy makers, kinship care practitioners, and kinship care advocacy groups. Kinship care is defined as family-based care within the child’s extended family or with close friends of the family known to the child, whether formal […]

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ACWA Board Announces Retirement of CEO

The Board of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has today announced the retirement of long serving CEO Andrew McCallum, effective as of December 7, 2018. Mr McCallum’s decision to retire will bring to a close a career in the child and family welfare sector that has spanned 40 years, 37 of these as […]

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