CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The ACWA 2018 Program Committee invites the submission of abstracts for original work for consideration as an oral or poster presentation in the ACWA 2018 program.

An expansion of the sub-themes can be found below:

Child Protection
Child neglect
Child sexual abuse
Child physical and emotional abuse
Family violence
Poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion
Decision making for child safety

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 –disability issues, asylum seeking and refugee children and families

Early Intervention and family Support
Innovative Programs, practice initiatives and models of family based services
Interventions, outcomes and challenges

Out of home care (kinship, foster and residential care)
Foster care – challenges and opportunities
Kinship care – emerging themes and messages
Residential care in the permanency continuum
Enhancing outcomes – health, education, wellbeing, family relationships, belonging and identity needs
Reunification decision making and outcomes
Preventing and addressing abuse in care
Transitions and after care

Open adoption
Learning from the past for future adoption practice
What we know and what we need to know – research into practice
Assessing adoption outcomes      
The place of post-adoption support

Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities
Aboriginal child and family wellbeing
Aboriginal participation in decision making
Culturally-informed practice and cultural support planning – in early intervention/family preservation/out of home care/reunification 

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

Abstract Submissions Are Closed

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) 2018 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 2018 Conference program. Authors must select one of the above following themes that their abstract relates to.

 

Abstract Deadline Dates
Deadline for Receipt of Abstract 9 April 2018
Authors Notified of Acceptance 22 May 2018
Author Registration and Early Bird Deadline 5 June 2018

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.
NOTE: Please print a copy of the abstract submission form for your records prior to clicking ‘upload’.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author on the 22 May 2018. 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 published in the Conference proceedings. 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 5 June 2018. 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 2018.
  • 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 proceedings publication.
  • 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 5 June 2018.
  • 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 acwa2018@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.