Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Annual Report 2020-2021.
Association of Children's Welfare Agencies, Sydney (Australia).
Annual Report International Resource
Published: November 2021
Association of Children's Welfare Agencies
323 Castlereagh St.
Sydney, Available From:http://www.acwa.asn.au
This 2020-2021 annual report describes the activities and accomplishments of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) and its learning and development arm the Centre for Community Welfare Training (CCWT). It begins by noting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighting the resiliency of ACWA. Key initiatives are discussed and include: a focus on need to address market failure in insurance in relation to public liability cover that has left NGOs exposed to unacceptable levels of financial risk; advocacy for maintaining funding of critical family preservation services; joint work to broker arrangements aimed at enabling the residential care sector to access and rapidly deploy additional staff if COVID‐19 impacts their service viability; the use of experts to update COVID‐19 infection control guidelines; establishment of a member‐led steering committee to identify the most pressing legal issues facing the sector and to source examples of quality COVID‐19 policies and risk management tools to share with agencies; work to reduce the number of children and young people in ACA placements; work with Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) providers in successfully advocating for a substantial increase in the funding of ITC and ITC-SD programs; the co‐design and development of e‐Safety resources specifically targeting children and young people in OOHC and their carers; and identification of potential system improvement initiatives aimed at better supporting children in OOHC with disability. Sector development and systems advocacy work is described and initiatives that have addressed challenges posed by the COVID-19 Delta outbreak are reviewed and illustrated with case studies. In addition, the report describes efforts to support better outcomes for children and young people in care, and the Permanency Support Program Outcomes Data Review Project. Following sections discuss CCWT activities for supporting a strong and skilled workforce and financial information.
Australia; Child welfare services; Child welfare agencies; Family services; Youth services; National organizations; Community organizations; Child advocacy; COVID-19; Disaster response; Tribal social services; Indigenous populations