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 has 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

New CEO appointed to ACWA

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is proud to announce the appointment of MAREE WALK as our new Chief Executive Officer. Maree brings over 30 years of experience in the child and family area, with a proven track record of leadership and accomplishment. Maree has worked as Chief Executive, Community services and as a […]

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Disability Good Practice Symposium

Date: Wednesday 7 June 2023 Time: 8.45am to 3.45pm Place: Rydges Hotel, Sydney International Airport
ACWA, in partnership with the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) and AbSec, invites you to attend this one day event designed to support and enhance your practice in supporting vulnerable children and young people living with disability. Join us for a day of listening, learning, sharing and reflection, drawing on the knowledge of experts and participating in shared problem-solving to address challenges.

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What’s New at ACWA: April 2023

Welcome to our April 2023 edition ‘What’s New at ACWA’! We hope you enjoy our latest update, which includes information about our NSW Election Advocacy work, 2023 Step by Step Foster Carer Assessment Tool, update to the Children’s Court Practice Note 17, and ‘Save the Date’ for a Good Practice Symposium on Supporting Children, Young […]

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Step by Step NSW 2023

Step by Step NSW 2023—Assessing suitability to care for Aboriginal children in foster care Change in the 2023 edition The 2023 version of the Step by Step NSW Foster Carer Assessment Tool will now require all foster care applicants to be assessed for their suitability to care for Aboriginal children. In the previous version of […]

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Cyber Security and Digital Skills

Conversations with our member agencies and service providers have highlighted the need for a higher level of digital skills in our workforce. This page provides you with links to tools, modules and other resources that you can use to upskill your team. FREE SPECIAL EVENT DCJ Information Security Forum for ACWA Members March 28th 2.30 – 4pm […]

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