Researchers tackle skills gaps in child welfare workforce

24 August 2022

A team of researchers is actively addressing skills gaps in the child welfare workforce.

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) is working with Fams, AbSec, DCJ, and other stakeholders in the child and family services sector to develop a Workforce Skills Strategy.

The strategy developed by the Research Centre for Children and Families at the University of Sydney, and Charles Sturt University, Curijo, Da’Vange and Parenting Research Centre, is relevant to some of the major program areas of the child and family services sector in NSW.

Read more information on the Strategy

The Blueprint for a Workforce Skills Strategy will help organisations respond to the challenges of child and family work by building an effective workforce for the NSW Permanency Support Program (PSP), Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) and Targeted Early Intervention (TEI) programs.

The project is carried out in three stages:

1) Building the case for change – involving synthesis of existing data, conducting a survey, and integrating components from project consortium to develop a discussion paper;

2) Consultations with the sector, young people, family members and carers; and

3) Workforce Skills Strategy Blueprint development and launch.

To support this vital project, you are invited to participate in a survey to help us learn more about the specific learning needs of practitioners.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes and will ask you questions about skills you feel you would like to improve, barriers you encounter to professional development, and preferred methods of learning for yourself and your team.

Please complete the survey now and help us address the problem of skills gaps.

Complete the survey

If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]