Welcome to ACWA’s Sector Clearinghouse, where you will find the latest resources, research and information to support your work with children, young people and families.

What’s on?

Sector events

NEW 25 July: Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care | Virtual workshop: Tackling tricky conversations about consent and healthy relationships
31 Oct1 Nov: Kids First | 2024 National Child Sexual Abuse and Harmful Sexual Behaviours Conference

Joint DCJ/NGO Collaborative Practice Forum series
In mid-2022, ACWA prepared a paper for the DCJ Secretary focused on specific service system issues that warrant joint collaborative work across the sector.

The paper suggested that a starting point for this work could be hosting a series of forums focusing on settling the major systems issues which both DCJ and PSP providers agree should be the subject of joint work during the term of the new PSP contracting period, and exploring the type of governance arrangements needed to drive this work. (Click here to read the paper which outlines the full list of systems issues which will be the subject of joint work.)


CAPS E-learning Modules
‘Short bite’ focus sessions on key child protection topics including child sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic and family violence. These courses have been designed both for the general population and people who may have contact with children in their work.
Click here for more information on each of these modules. Click here to access the training.

CCWT Short Courses and Qualifications
Joint Protocol e-learning series for residential out-of-home care workers

Resources, research and reports

NEW Are you a social welfare worker in Australia providing support to youth in out-of-home care?
A fourth-year honours student in the Social Work program at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) is undertaking a research project exploring how social welfare workers in Australia understand and approach interventions to manage behaviours of concern displayed by with children and young people in out-of-home care. Participant Information letter. Find further details about the project here.
Anyone interested to sign up to participate in a 45-60 minute interview and/or to find out more info about the study, is invited to reach out to Madi directly via email: Madison.hopskinson@myacu.edu.au

Research report | Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Human Rights Commission
Improving the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children
A consolidation of systemic recommendations and evidence
Emily Stevens and Luke Gahan
June 2024

2024 Mission Australia Youth Survey
Mission Australia invites young people aged 15 to 19 years to participate in the largest annual survey of young people in Australia. The survey is now open and will take approximately 20 minutes for young people to complete. It will close on Friday 16 August 2024. Simply complete and submit the consent form and they will be in touch with you soon afterwards with next steps.

FREE FASD and OOHC resources | We need your expert opinion
The National Organisation for FASD launched resources in 2022 for the Out-of-Home Care sector. Developed to support people working within the OOHC Sector and caregivers—we need just 5 minutes of your time to share your expertise to complete our brief pulse survey via this link. People involved in out-of-home care play a central role in recognising and supporting the needs of children and young people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). When FASD goes unrecognised, children and young people can be left without the right support, misunderstood, or even blamed for the behaviours caused by their disability here.

Resources for caseworkers 

An easy-read version of the Uluru Statement from the Heart has been released for people living with an intellectual disability ahead of October's referendum
Collaborative Practice in Child Wellbeing and Protection: NSW Interagency Guidelines for Practitioners 2021
Keeping connected with video chats
PSP Learning Hub: Legal resources
Reframing Children’s Mental Health—a communications toolkit
Resource will help reduce prejudice against parents with intellectual disability: Research Centre for Children and Families

Taking the journey toward a trauma-informed approach to Family Time
Telepractice Hub

For parents, carers & kids

Learning how to parent when you weren’t parented well yourself—a podcast from Emerging Minds
Department of Education and Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA): easy-to-use, co-designed resources to help young people with disability and their parents and caregivers understand their rights under the Disability Standards for Education 2005
Life Without Barriers and Joblife Employment: Young People’s Employment Pathways (YPEP) flyer
AbSec Video: Keep our mob safe, get vaccinated
Feeling safe—a beautiful picture book for young children about feeling safe
The University of Sydney Research Centre for Children and Families (RCCF): My Family Time is Mine by Bobby Hendry
The University of Sydney Research Centre for Children and Families (RCCF): Roar by Billy Black
Thoughtful Parenting Kit
Wiradjuri language children’s workbooks: Volume 1 | Volume 2

For organisations


ACWA is supporting a University of Sydney PhD candidate, with lived experience of care, to lead important research into Extended Care in NSW. The Study is currently recruiting young people aged 18–19 years old who have been in out-of-home care in NSW to participate in this research. All participants will be paid for their time. Find out more here.

Caseworkers’ Communication with Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care and their Caregivers
Children involved with NSW child protection services before five years of age
Cultural Identity, Community and Family Connections: Aboriginal Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care
Developmental Outcomes: Children and Young People who have Experienced Out-of-Home Care—POCLS Evidence to Action Note #8
Developmental Outcomes: Aboriginal Children and Young People who have Experienced Out-of-Home Care—POCLS Evidence to Action Note #9
Developmental Outcomes of Children and Young People in Relative Kinship Care and Foster Care
Educational Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care
Evidence Review of Permanency Practices
Factors influencing therapy use following a disclosure of child sexual abuse
Identifying the best strategies for effective client engagement in commissioning of government services
Influence of Placement Stability on Developmental Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care 
Placement Stability: Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care
Rates of therapy use following a disclosure of child sexual abuse
The impact of COVID-19 on child mental health and service barriers: The perspective of parents—August 2021
The impact of COVID-19 on the risk of online child sexual exploitation and the implications for child protection and policing
What is the relationship between childhood maltreatment and early educational outcomes? Findings from the NSW Child Development Study—October 2021—Evidence to Action Note


NEW Latest publications from FACSIAR

FACSIAR Report summarising the evidence base for supported playgroups including best practice elements that can guide playgroup design, service planning and implementation. They have also published a FACSIAR Summary which highlights the key findings from the Report.


Australian Child Maltreatment Study finds strong links between maltreatment and mental health disorders in young people  - FACSIAR Evidence to Action Note

What factors impact placement stability for children in out-of-home care? Key findings from the evidence - FACSIAR Summary

The Australian Child Maltreatment Study shows a large proportion of Australians experience maltreatment as children - FACSIAR Summary

Various research publications with implications for policy design and practice covering a range of topics in relation to children in out-of-home care from the DCJ Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study can be found here.

Examples of the topics in some recent releases and presentations include Contact with mothers for children in out-of-home-care: Group-based trajectory modelling or Positive reading achievement outcomes in children who experience out-of-home care: Characteristics and predictors  or Outcomes for children with disability in out-of-home care or Exploring the impact of child and placement characteristics, carer resources, perceptions and life stressors on caregiving and well-being

Newly launched dashboard provides valuable insights into service needs in NSW

Aboriginal-led Data Sharing: Child Protection and Out-of-home Care Statistics

 The latest publications from the Institute of Child Protection Studies

Child maltreatment: A snapshot summary. Higgins, D. & Hunt, G. (2023). Respect Victoria (see section: Child Maltreatment)
Child, parent, and contextual factors associated with child protection system involvement and child maltreatment in the family. Higgins, D. & Hunt, G. (2024). Australian Journal of Social Issues
Scoping Review of the Definitions Used to Describe and Understand Harmful Sexual Behaviors in Children and Young People. Hunt, G., Higgins, D. et al. (2024). Trauma, Violence, & Abuse
Prevalence of Diverse Genders and Sexualities in Australia and Associations with Five Forms of Child Maltreatment and Multi-type Maltreatment. Higgins, D. et al. (2024). Child maltreatment
Context matters: Conceptualising and operationalising the contextual prevention of child sexual abuse. McKillop, N., Adams, D., Higgins, D. & Russell, D. (2024). Child Abuse Review
The prevalence and impact of child maltreatment in Australia: Findings from the Australian Child Maltreatment Study
Made to feel different: Families perspectives on external responses to autism and the impacts on family well-being and relationships. Trew, S. (2024). National Autistic Society 

ACYP Voices of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care report
Birth family contact: What are the views of children and young people in out-of-home care?
Child Protection Australia 2020-21
Children and Youth Reported Missing from Out-of-Home Care in Australia
Impact of maternal age on children coming into contact with the child protection system
Leaving care planning: What are the views of young people in out-of-home care?
More care required: An analysis of leaving care support in New South Wales in 2021
My Forever Family NSW Carer Survey 2022 | Report of Findings

Out of sight: Systemic inquiry into children and young people who are absent or missing from residential care
Participation in decision making: What are the views of children and young people in out-of-home care?
The Social Sector in NSW: Capitalising on the Potential for Growth
Transitioning to Adulthood from Out-of-Home Care: Independence or Interdependence?

Webinar recordings

In Discussion with Disability Advocates: Every Child
Out-of-home care through the lens of attachment theory: NSW Committee on Adoption and Permanent Care
s.170 Sector Records Management Forum: Department of Communities and Justice (click here for presentation slides)
Streamlining Administrative Process Workshop: Q&A for PSP providersDepartment of Communities and Justice
The digital divide and remote service delivery: CFCA
Practice and Policy Strategies for Permanency Planning: Research Centre for Children and Families and Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA)

Disclaimer. Unless ACWA has expressly stated otherwise, ACWA’s highlighting of resources, research, reports and other information in the above section, does not constitute an endorsement by ACWA of the content of this material. 

Career opportunities

Visit NCOSS Community Jobs to view the latest employment opportunities in the NSW community services sector.

Do you have anything to share?

ACWA’s Sector Clearinghouse is a living document, and is updated on a regular basis. If there are is any information or resources that you would like us to share, please email: acwa@acwa.asn.au


Page updated: July 2024