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The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Victoria’s peak body for Child and Family Services

  • To be a leader in public discourse on upholding the best interests of all Victorian children
  • To be a contemporary and relevant training provider for the child and family services industry
  • To be the leading voice for evidence-based practice in the child and family services field
  • To be an ideas and research incubator
  • To be the first point of call for our members seeking representation and advocacy
  • Analysis and reflection: we test knowledge and ideas based on evidence, research and best practice
  • Ethical decision-making: we handle information with care and confidence, and we evaluate and make choices based on ethical principles
  • Creativity: we are willing to do things differently and try new approaches, and we encourage creative thought
  • Collaboration: we share knowledge, time, information and skills, and seek the input and involvement of our members and other organisations in the sector
  • Policy and ideas

Develop, influence and advocate for public policies that advance the rights and wellbeing of children, young people and families and address the social, economic and cultural barriers to improving their lives.

  • Research and practice

Lead and share research to support innovation and evidence-informed practice.

  • Capacity building

Strengthen the capacity of organisations to provide services that best suit the needs of vulnerable families and children.

WHO we are

For over 100 years, the Centre has advanced the rights and wellbeing of children, young people and families in Victoria.

We advocate for the rights of children and young people to be heard, to be safe, to access education and to remain connected to family, community and culture.

We represent over 100 Victorian organisations working across the continuum of child and family services, from prevention and early intervention to the provision of out of home care. Our members are at the forefront of supporting children, young people and families.


1910
Establishment of the Child Saving Council 1910-1912

The Child Saving Council was established in Victoria in 1910, when a group of 'child savers' came together in 1910. The Council's aims included promoting the work of child welfare organisations and discussion among these organisations. 

1912 - 2003
CWAV grows from a council to a peak body

The Children's Welfare Association of Victoria (CWAV) was a peak body set up in 1912. 

2003 - Current
CWAV becomes the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.

In 2003, CWAV becomes the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. A peak body for community service organisations in the child, youth and family services sector of Victoria.

Our Members & Partners

We represent over 100 Victorian organisations working across the continuum of child and family services, from prevention and early intervention to the provision of out of home care. Our members are at the forefront of supporting children, young people and families.​​

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