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Become an Accredited Family Group Conferencing Facilitator

Family Group Conferencing is an important tool in the Safe Home For Life reforms which can empower families to be more involved in decision making for their children at risk and to assist with early identification of suitable pathways through the out of home care system for the child or young person and their families. The FGC process requires impartial facilitators who have a thorough understanding of the process, their own responsibility under legislation and who have excellent communication skills.

Video of Proceedings from a State Pre-Election Forum, Hosted by ACWA on February 20, 2015

18 March 2015

On February 20, 2015 ACWA hosted a State Pre-Election Forum.
View Part 1 and Part 2 of the video of the proceedings of that event.


ACWA Pre-State Election Advocacy Platform

As the 2015 NSW Election approaches, ACWA is calling on the state’s political parties to support the ongoing progress of crucial child protection reforms generated by the Wood Inquiry.  

Step by Step Review

Step by Step is the popular foster carer assessment tool. The current review process includes expansion of the assessment tools to include guardianship, adoption and kinship care. For further information on the review please contact Louise Mulroney or phone 02 9281 8822.

Training for Residential Care Workers

In 2015 CCWT launched new training particularly focused on residential care workers. Two qualifications which include elective groups on residential care are now available. The are the CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child Youth and Family Intervention and the CHC50313 Diploma of Child Youth and Family Intervention. (Perhaps the titles could link directly to the pages about these qualifications). These are available through a mix on distance packages and face to face workshops, and recognition of prior learning (RPL) Is available for experienced workers. 

2015 RGF Conference a Great Success!

02 April 2015

This week's NSW Problem Gambling Counsellor’s Conference, coordinated by ACWA/CCWT and funded by the Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF), has again received enthusiastic accolades from conference delegates, presenters and the Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing.  

The RGF Conference differentiates itself from many similar events by providing highly interactive, skills-based workshops across the two days.  In addition to an excellent selection of workshops, this year’s Conference featured strong plenary presentations throughout, including:

Upcoming ACWA Events for 2015

24 February 2015

In 2015 ACWA will be running Best Practice, Research and Out-of-Home Care forums as well as Breakfast Briefings and Special Events.

Welfare Sector to Take Stock of Child Protection System Ahead of NSW Election

19 February 2015

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is bringing child protection experts and welfare agencies together in Sydney on Friday to examine the key issues and challenges facing NSW’s child and family welfare sector in the lead up to next month’s state election. Read more...

National Family News

30 January 2015