Developing Practice

The child youth and family work journal

Developing Practice is a refereed journal that has been published by the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and the NSW Family Services (FamS) for the child, youth and family services sector since 2001.

The journal is published four times a year and is nationally recognised for its coverage of issues affecting vulnerable children, young people and families.


Developing Practice is divided into five sections:

  • Opinion Pieces
  • Articles
  • Practitioners' Perspectives
  • Book Reviews
  • Sector Resources

Key content areas include:

  • Family work
  • Out-of-home care
  • Child protection
  • Young people at risk
  • Early intervention
  • Group work
  • Community development programs for children and families.

Contributing to developing practice

Developing Practice welcomes contributions from practitioners, researchers and academics on all aspects of child, youth and family services. We place strong value in the field experience of professionals working at the coalface of the sector and particularly welcome articles, opinion pieces and perspectives that relate to direct service delivery.

Developing Practice uses a double blind review system to ensure objectivity in the selection of articles for publication. Each article is reviewed by two independent reviewers who are chosen for their expertise and interest in the article subject area. Appropriate reviewers are selected by the Editor after an initial assessment of the article. This review process can take up to six months. Download reviewer guidelines.

The Editorial Committee will acknowledge receipt of articles by prospective authors prior to review. Once articles have been reviewed, the Editorial Committee will consider the reviewers' recommendations and contact the lead author.

Download author guidelines and copyright information.

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For subscription enquiries and for information about obtaining back issues, please contact Veronica Olson at ACWA:

Phone: 9281 8822 
Fax: 9281 8827