Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2020

9 – 11 November 2020,
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC), Sydney, Australia

‘Early intervention, child protection, regulation and care – how strong is Australia’s practice?’
#ACWA2020

Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2020

9 – 11 November 2020,
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC), Sydney, Australia

‘Early intervention, child protection, regulation and care – how strong is Australia’s practice?’
#ACWA2020

Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2020

9 – 11 November 2020,
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC), Sydney, Australia

‘Early intervention, child protection, regulation and care – how strong is Australia’s practice?’
#ACWA2020

Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2020

9 – 11 November 2020,
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC), Sydney, Australia

‘Early intervention, child protection, regulation and care – how strong is Australia’s practice?’
#ACWA2020

Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Conference 2020

9 – 11 November 2020,
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC), Sydney, Australia

‘Early intervention, child protection, regulation and care – how strong is Australia’s practice?’
#ACWA2020

Abstract submission now open!

Abstract submission close: Thursday 30 April 2020

The ACWA 2020 Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for original work for consideration as an oral or poster presentation in the ACWA 2020 program.

The ACWA 2020 conference theme is ‘Early intervention, child protection, regulation and care – how strong is Australia’s practice?’
An expansion of the sub-themes can be found below:

Early Intervention and family Support
Innovative Prevention Programs, practice initiatives and models of family based services
Interventions, outcomes and challenges
Early childhood services and interventions
Combating poverty and disadvantage

Child Protection
Child neglect
Child sexual abuse
Child physical and emotional abuse
Domestic violence
Poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion
Decision making for child safety
Child safe practices and regulatory changes – implications for organisations
Children’s courts and decision making

Children’s best interests and needs
Balancing the needs of children with supporting families
Early intervention and outcomes
Children’s subjective wellbeing
Children’s agency and participation
Vulnerable groups of children and families – children with disabilities, asylum seeking and refugee children and families

Out of home care
Permanency pathways – reunification, guardianship, adoption
OOHC – kinship, foster and group, intensive therapeutic care
Aboriginal chilren – young people, families, communities
Culturally diverse communities – emerging, communities, migrant and refugee families
Disability – supporting children with disabilities, implementations of NDIS, voluntary out of home care

Organisations – innovation, leadership, change
Programs, teams and planning
Cross agency and inter-professional collaboration
Workforce challenges – responding to legislative change, new evidence, skill requirements
Training and supervision
Child safe organisations
Program specialisation for permanency outcomes

Research, policy, practice
Evidence based practice/policy
Ethical issues in practice/research
Policy development
Evaluation
Outcome measurement
Implementation in practice

Costs and Outcomes
Outcomes, frameworks and challenges that are shaping outcome measures

Workforce Issues
Caseworker burnout and resilience
Training
Supervision

Tips for writing your conference presentation proposal

Your topic should:

  • Be relevant to the conference themes or sub-themes – check above. 
  • Be concerned with original work, innovative new programs, new research, analysis of policy or training initiatives

In your presentation you need to go beyond just the description of the program or policy. You should provide an analysis and discuss the outcomes and implications for future directions. This might include policy development, changed practice, further research or new sector directions.

People listening to your presentation want to know how it might apply to their work or to wider sector outcomes. Making this clear is important.

There are guidelines for your abstract listed in the tabs below. Work through these one dot point at a time to make sure that you have covered everything. We don’t want to see these as headings in your proposal, but if you use this to guide your abstract you are more likely to cover the information that the Committee is looking for.

The marking criteria for your proposal is:

  • Relevance to the sector and to the conference themes/sub-themes
  • Technical merit
  • Originality

You are given a score of between 1 and 4 for each of these points and your overall score is compared to that of all other proposals.

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) 2020 Conference Scientific Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for original work for consideration as an oral or poster presentation in the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies 2020 Conference program. Authors must select one of the above following themes that their abstract relates to.

Abstract Deadline Dates
Abstracts Open 28 October 2019
Deadline for Receipt of Abstract 30 April 2020
Authors Notified of Acceptance 19 June 2020
Author Acceptance  3 July 2020
Author Registration 12 August 2020

Please read through the submission instructions listed below before preparing your abstract:

Step 1: Read the General Policies and Requirements for the submission of abstracts.
Step 2: Write your abstract following the Abstract Format & Layout Guidelines.
Step 3: Download the Abstract Template and insert/add your abstract text. Save as a .doc or .docx document to your computer. Please note: Abstracts must not exceed a 300 word limit. The word limit relates only to the text of the abstract and does not include title, authors and institutions. Images, graphs and tables are NOT permitted.
Step 4: Click on the button below to complete the Abstract Submission Form. It will be necessary to attach/upload the .doc or .docx copy of your abstract.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author on the 19 June 2020. Abstracts submitted for oral presentations that cannot be accommodated within the program will be considered and reviewed for a place in the Poster Presentation.

Accepted abstracts will be available within the Conference App. The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.

The presenting author(s) will be required to register for the Conference in order to ensure their abstract(s) is included in the final program. Deadline for Presenting Author registration is 30 April 2020. Failure to do so may result in exclusion from the program.

  • All abstracts must be original work. An abstract should not be submitted if the work is to be published/presented at a major national or international meeting prior to ACWA 2020.
  • An abstract must contain sufficient information so that if published it will be a complete report independent of presentation. The text should not contain statements alluding to results or conclusions not presented within the text.
  • Submission acknowledges consent to publication of the abstract in the Conference App.
  • The presenting author(s) will be required to register for the Conference in order to ensure their abstract(s) is included in the final programme. Deadline for presenting author registration is 12 August 2020.
  • All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission facility. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Managers at acwaconference@arinex.com.au or phone: +61 2 9265 0700 for further information.
  • All abstracts must be prepared according to the guidelines provided. Abstracts will be accepted and published only if submitted using the supplied template.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts that may be submitted by an individual.
  • Abstracts must not exceed a 300 word limit. The word limit relates only to the text of the abstract and does not include title, authors and institutions.
  • Formatting is preserved (italics, bold, superscripting, subscripting, underlining) and symbol characters (ie ± , µ, ß) may be used.
  • The abstract should include a brief statement of aims of the presentation, methods of research (if focus is on research), or overview of practice or policy developments (if oriented toward practice/policy/program planning), results, outcomes and implications, conclusions and recommendations.
  • The title must reflect the content of the presentation.
  • You are requested to provide a short biography (up to 100 words) with your submission.
  • You will be asked to nominate your preference for poster or oral presentation.
  • Abstracts must be free of typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Standard abbreviations may be used for common terms only. Any abbreviation should be given in brackets after the first full use of the word. Abbreviations may be used in the title, provided the name in full is outlined in the body of the abstract.
  • Font type must be Tahoma Font 10pt.
  • Use single line spacing.
  • Travel funds will not be available to presenters. Author/s of accepted presentations will be entitled to the early bird registration fee.

Authors must prepare their abstract in advance using the template located at the link below. All abstracts will be checked and if you fail to use the template your abstract may be declined. Authors can then upload the completed abstract via the online form.

Download abstract template here.