Policy

ACWA is an advocacy body committed to representing the rights of vulnerable children, young people and their families from early intervention through to open adoption and transitioning to adulthood.

For more than 50 years, ACWA's work has been particularly focused on out-of-home care and we continue to play an integral policy and advocacy role in this area.

The Child Protection Legislation Amendment Bill proclaimed on 29th October 2014 provides principles that guide the sector to consider a range of services from birth to young adulthood and reflect this in its structure. Permanency for children and the need to focus on the range of support available to children and families through early intervention, child protection, restoration, guardianship, open adoption, out-of-home care and transitioning to adulthood is reflected in breadth of ACWA’s policy and advocacy.

As part of our advocacy work, ACWA produces discussion and position policy papers, and regularly responds to inquiries in relevant areas.

The following links provide further information about three major reforms in the sector.

Safe Home For Life Reform

OOHC Transition

Keep Them Safe

ACWA’s Response To Immediate And Short Term Placements In OOHC Options Paper

ACWA Response to Immediate and Short Term Placements in OOHC Options Paper Definitions of Immediate and Short Term Placements

Introduction:

ACWA’s Response to the ACT Out of Home Care Strategy 2015-2020 Discussion Paper

Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies’ Response to the Out of Home Care Strategy 2015-2020 Discussion Paper

 

Children and Young People in Care Growing up Strong, Safe and Connected

 

Introduction

ACWA’s Response to Community Services Document on Case Management Under Interim Orders

Response to Community Services Document on Case Management Under Interim Orders
ACWA – 27.11.12

ACWA Submission for the Review of Adoption Regulation

Grace Romeo
A/Director
Adoptions and Permanent Care Branch
Locked Bag 4028
ASHFIELD NSW 2131
Grace.romeo@facs.nsw.gov.au

7 February 2012

Dear Ms Romeo,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment of review of the NSW Adoption Regulation 2003.

Our general position is that:

ACWA submission for the Review of Care and Protection Regulation

Review of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Regulation 2000
Legal Services, Legislative Review Unit
Department of Family and Community Services, Community Services
Locked Bag 4028
ASHFIELD NSW 1800
Email: LRU@facs.nsw.gov.au

7 February 2012

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the review of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Regulation 2000.

Review of the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

Anthony Fernando
Branch Manager
Office for Youth
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Dear Mr Fernando

Re: Review of the Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA)

The Association of Childrenʼs Welfare Agencies (ACWA) thanks DEEWR for the opportunity to participate in the review of TILA and commends the Government for seeking to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people.

Inquiry into the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010

Ms. Julie Dennett
Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee
PO Box 6100

Parliament House

Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Ms. Dennett

Re: Inquiry into the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010

The Association of Childrenʼs Welfare Agencies (ACWA) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Inquiry into the Commonwealth Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill 2010.

Brighter Futures Submission

Ms Annette Gallard
Chief Executive
Community Services Department of Human Services
Locked Bag 4028
ASHFIELD NSW 2131

Dear Ms Gallard,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Final Report of the Evaluation of the Brighter Futures Early Intervention Program, prepared by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC).

Submission for Inquiry on Cyber-Safety

The Secretary
Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety
R1-109, Parliament House
PO Box 6021,
Canberra, ACT 2600
jscc@aph.gov.au

Dear Committee Secretary,

Re: Inquiry into cyber-safety

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is the NSW peak body representing non-government agencies providing direct services to children and young people, and their families. ACWA has a history of over 50 years in social advocacy.

Statutory Review of the Commission for Children and Young People Act

Secretariat
Review of the Commission for Children and Young People Act Communities NSW
GPO Box 7060
Sydney NSW 2001

Dear Secretariat

Re: Review of the Commission for Children and Young People Act

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in a review of the Commission for Children and Young People Act. ACWA is pleased that important issues are being addressed in relation to the role of the Commission and the Working with Children Check.

In this submission ACWA supports that:

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