Marie Connolly

Marie Connolly
University of Melbourne | MSD · Department of Social Work

PhD, MA, Dip Soc Wk, BA
In retirement I write fiction and film reviews (marieconnollybooks.com) and children’s books (www.ourbackyard.store).

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Introduction
I am interested in the ways in which child protection systems can be more responsive to the needs of children and their families. My research interests relate to: children in care; kinship care; and the strengthening of rights-based ideas in practice. I have a career-long interest in Family Group Conferencing as a responsive approach within child and family welfare practice. SEE: marieconnollybooks.com
Additional affiliations
July 2010 - April 2019
University of Melbourne
Position
  • Professor
February 2005 - July 2010
Ministry of Social Development
Position
  • Chief Social Worker
Description
  • The Chief Social Worker is a senior executive position within the New Zealand government.
May 1991 - February 2005
University of Canterbury
Position
  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (155)
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ANROWS Compass (Research to policy and practice papers) are concise papers that summarise key findings of research on violence against women and their children, including research produced under ANROWS's research program, and provide advice on the implications for policy and practice.
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Social work leaders constantly strive to incorporate cutting-edge research and promote international collaboration in a dynamic contemporary environment. To address these ongoing concerns, this unique book focuses specifically on strategic leadership, asking critical questions about change-making, political strategy, and the opportunities that pres...
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Provides the first substantive analysis of service navigation, and its multidisciplinary potential in health and human services.
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In recent decades, typologies have been developed to better understand the way in which different countries create systems to protect the interests of vulnerable children and their families. A child protection system typology is a classification of a set of characteristics that capture and define different approaches to child protection. Typologies...
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This concluding chapter reviews lessons learnt and shared by the participants of the Prato Group convenings. While keenly aware of the myriad of challenges that face social work education across the globe, the group remained largely optimistic about how social work and social work education can be a force for good in the world. The potential for na...
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Recent times have witnessed a growing interest in thinking about leadership in social work – the who, the what and the how. The general focus has been on skill development; elite narratives, both historical and contemporary; and issues of practice leadership. But what of the leading edge of social work education? How can we conceptualise leadership...
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Seeking permanency for children is a central concern of Western child protection and out-of-home care systems, with approaches differing between and within countries. Historically, Australia has not prioritised adoption as a permanency pathway. In the state of Victoria there has been a preference for the use of Permanent Care Orders (PCOs), which h...
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Underpinned by the Global Standards published for the promotion of quality social work education, and as a benchmark for social work education at national levels, a qualitative content analysis is conducted to explore the alignment of national standards of the Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia regulatory bodies with the Global Standards. A number...
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Universal services focus on prevention and providing the support to parents that will help them meet the challenges of parenthood and deal with problems before they become entrenched. Many countries now have good universal services available for new families, and significant advances have been made in recent years to recognize the importance of the...
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Aim and Context: This paper explores the current growth of service navigators in complex health and human services and details the development of the Service Navigation Relational Autonomy Framework as a guide to assist practitioners and managers implementing this role. Approach: The framework was developed using a research into action process. T...
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Qualitative research methods have traditionally been criticised for lacking rigor, and impressionistic and biased results. Subsequently, as qualitative methods have been increasingly used in social work inquiry, efforts to address these criticisms have also increased. Applied thematic analysis provides structure and integrates reflexivity in qualit...
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Indigenous Australian children are overrepresented in the out-of-home care (OOHC) system, with numbers and rates on an upward trajectory. There is now serious concern that this overrepresentation is creating a second Stolen Generations in Australia, noted within policy campaigns such as Family Matters—Kids Safe in Culture, not in Care, and Grandmot...
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The policy, legal and service configuration of a child and family welfare system reflects the historically predominant ideological perspectives relating to children, families, community and state. Examination of parliamentary debates provides a window on the discourses relating to policy and legislative change in a jurisdiction. This article presen...
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Practice frameworks bridge the divide between research and practice. This paper shows how the translation of research into policy and practice led to the development of a practice framework to foster greater collaboration between child protection (CP) and specialist domestic and family violence (DFV) services. The framework supports safety for adul...
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This new 4th edition explores the broad influences shaping the vision and development of the social work profession.
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This is a book review available on http://www.takahe.org.nz/t90/reviews/elizabeth-stanley-the-road-to-hell-state-violence-against-children-in-postwar-new-zealand/
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This paper considers the history of ‘permanency planning’, a concept which has become central to Western child welfare systems. Permanency planning developed in the US in the 1970s in response to foster care ‘drift’, whereby increasing numbers of children removed from their families for reasons of child protection were remaining in temporary out-of...
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Social work is a discipline innately engaged in and influenced by the political and social context in which it is practised. The disciplinary response to the constancy of social change, however, has demonstrated a profession continually dogged by issues of identity, legitimacy and direction. This paper compares the debates of the UK and USA as exam...
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This article reports on a sample of young New Zealand children under two years of age entering care in 2005 (n = 228) and follows their progress over a five-year period. The study, the first of its kind in New Zealand, used a clinical data mining method to focus particularly on issues of stability, continuity and permanency. In these areas the rese...
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Social work, as a discipline, places considerable importance on the provision of supervision, promoting it as a key process supporting critical reflection and practice improvement. A supervision relationship built on trust has the potential to provide a safe context within which practice issues can be explored. This article reports on an Australian...
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In recent years, kinship care has become a major contributor to the delivery of out-of-home care services in most Western jurisdictions. Over time, statutory kinship care has been modelled on the more established foster-care system. Yet the particular nature of kinship care differs from stranger care arrangements in important ways. This often resul...
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This article reports on the findings of a mixed-method study exploring the experiences of supervision within Australian social work. It looks particularly at the ways in which organisational cultures support supervision as a mechanism of practice improvement. The research suggests the need to better understand performance within the practice and su...
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Supervisors of social work practice have long grappled with professional and disciplinary expectations and the competing daily organisational demands of a transformed neo-liberal human service environment. This article reports on a study that investigated the practice of supervision in the Australian context and the influences, both managerial and...
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The PATRICIA project focuses on the relationship between statutory child protection, family law, and community- based services which seek to support women and children exposed to domestic violence. This review aims to address the following research question: What processes or practices do child protection services and specialist domestic violence s...
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This chapter explores the ways in which economic disadvantage and the prioritizing of resources can influence the life chances of vulnerable children. It considers the implications of being raised in economically unequal societies, how this impacts on the opportunities for children and young people, and what this says about human rights. From a mic...
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This article reports on a sample of young New Zealand children under two years of age entering care in 2005 (n = 228) and follows their progress over a five-year period. The study, the first of its kind in New Zealand, used a clinical data mining method to focus particularly on issues of stability, continuity and permanency. In these areas the rese...
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Early intervention, promoted as being important to the prevention of child maltreatment, is challenged by the difficulty of identifying at risk families before patterns of abuse are established. A way of identifying these families before they reach the radar of statutory systems of child protection is through predictive risk modeling (PRM). Using l...
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This article examines the use of family group conferencing in child protection and considers its ability to privilege the voice of children and families who reach the attention of statutory child protection services. The family group conference (FGC) is a process of family decision-making in child protection, originally developed in Aotearoa New Ze...
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The workforce pressures facing child protection systems across Australia are well documented. The change agenda has therefore included a focus on enhancing current workforce capabilities. Using social work student placements is one recruitment strategy that is frequently adopted by child protection agencies, although demand pressure on the frontlin...
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When children are looked after in public care it is critical that they remain free from abuse. Understanding the safety of such children is important both to the child’s well-being and to the continued improvement of the care system. This article explores the research relating to the safety of young children in care and reports on a five-year follo...
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Evaluation is currently receiving significant attention in the not-for-profit sector in Australia as a changing external environment augments its role in human service organisations. These bodies typically make use of three models to carry out evaluation activities to meet funding and organisational requirements: the use of external evaluators to c...
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This chapter focuses on the key themes in relation to the function of the child protection jurisdiction of Children’s Courts both in Australia and internationally. Particular attention is given to the operation of the child welfare court in New Zealand which looks to resolving family disputes in non-adversarial ways, avoiding trials and supporting...
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This new edition of Becoming a Social Worker is made up of entirely new stories. It describes what it is like to be a social worker in a range of different practice settings in different countries. While many of the narratives are from practitioners and educators who either grew up in, or came as adults to, the UK, half of the narratives explores t...
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Over the past two decades, engaging families in decision-making has grown in popularity across child welfare systems internationally. The family group conference in particular has generated interest as a practice model that facilitates broader family engagement in care and protection. As the practice has flourished, research has been undertaken to...
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Te Hautaka ako te Tari Äwhina i te Tamaiti, te Rangatahi, tae atu ki te Whänau APRIL 2010 social now 45 work Weaving together collaborative responses 45APRI L 2010 Social Work Now is published three times a year by Child, Youth and Family. Views expressed in the journal are not necessarily those of Child, Youth and Family. Material may be reprinted...
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Principles of human rights rest at the heart of social justice and notions of an inclusive society. This article seeks to refocus practice attention on the issue of human rights and the ways in which rights-based ideas can be integrated across practice, policy and legal domains. It argues that creating systems in which critical components mutually...

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To provide an analysis of recent films and miniseries: https://marieconnollybooks.com/my-academic-non-fiction-books/