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.
Media Release: ACWA Welcomes Adoption Institute Announcement
The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed the announcement today that the University of Sydney will work in partnership with Barnardos Australia to establish the Institute of Adoption Studies in NSW, which will be focused on delivering high quality research and practice development in the specialised area of open adoption. Acting CEO Wendy […]Read more
Media Release: ACWA Welcomes Tightened Child Care Worker Checks
The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has welcomed swift moves by the NSW Government to introduce national police checks for residential care workers in response to disturbing child abuse allegations linked to the North Coast-based residential care facility Wundarra Services. ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum said the rapid response, which will further strengthen the screening […]Read more
Media Release: ACWA Celebrates Carer Diversity this Mardi Gras
The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) will be marching in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade for the first time this weekend in a bid to encourage members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersexed (LGBTQI) community to consider the rewards of fostering and potentially adopting children in need of […]Read more
Media Release: ACWA Launches Fresh Strategy to Support NSW Welfare Agencies
The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) has outlined key elements of its strategy for 2016 and launched a series of new initiatives to help non-government welfare agencies meet the needs of vulnerable children, young people and families amid NSW’s evolving child protection system. ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum unveiled the 2016 strategy and its new […]Read more
Real Kids, Real Carers e-booklets
Please find links below to several Real Kids, Real Carer e-booklets. Each booklet contains a two hour training module that can be done in a group or one to one. I’m an individual… Children and young people with disabilities Independence and connections: Caring for adolescents Participation: Creating opportunities for children and young people to contribute […]Read more