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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Throughout the 1990s, child welfare systems were exposed to intense pressure. As a result, most systems have undertaken processes of reform and change. This article discusses the strategic development of New Zealand's service system in child welfare. A partnership between managerial discipline and professional leadership has been critical in the se...
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In recent decades, restorative practices have become an important aspect of service delivery in both youth justice and in the care and protection of children. Restorative justice, as an overarching term, has also been used to describe restorative practices, particularly with respect to the use of family group conferencing, across these two practice...
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Issues related to human rights have increasingly moved to the forefront of professional concern in recent years. Despite this, there has been minimal attention paid to exploring how changing human needs across the lifespan impact upon human rights. This paper takes a broad look at human rights issues that occur across the life course, and uses exam...
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Human rights create a protective zone around people and allow them the opportunity to further their own valued personal projects without interference from others. In our view, the emphasis on community rights and protection may, paradoxically, reduce the effectiveness of sex offender rehabilitation by ignoring or failing to ensure that offenders’ c...
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The study explored the links between adult offending and exploitative sexual experiences during childhood. A questionnaire was administered to three criminal groups (child molesters, rapists and non-sexual offenders) with the aim of investigating the statistical relationships between the men's early childhood sexual experiences. The sample comprise...
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Reviews of maltreatment deaths of children known to child protection authorities spring from a desire to improve practice and enhance safety for children. As such, they may be failing their core purpose. This article explores the use made of such reviews and how limiting our learning to these tragic events may have unintended consequences in terms...
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The use of e-technology as a way of improving communication and collaboration across services in child welfare has generated significant interest in recent years. The Information Sharing and Assessment (ISA) is an e-technology initiative that has been introduced by the British Government as an attempt to promote better information sharing between p...
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The Family Group Conference is a participatory model of decision making with families in child protection. It is a legal process that brings together the family, including the extended family, and the professionals in a family-led decision-making forum. Bringing together extended family and professionals to discuss child protection concerns can cre...
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This paper discusses the development of a practice framework for child welfare in New Zealand. A practice framework is defined as a conceptual map that brings together, in an accessible design, an agency's approach to social work practice with children and families. Designed as a tool for practitioners, the New Zealand practice framework integrates...
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Family Group Conferencing (FGC) as a solution-focused strategy in child welfare has now been a mandated practice in Aotearoa New Zealand since 1989. This qualitative study examines the experiences of Care and Protection Coordinators who have been convening FGC since the early years of the legislation. The study explores early perceptions of the leg...
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This study explores the therapeutic engagement experiences of men who have sexually offended against children and who are involved in a prototypical prison-based group treatment programme. The study examined factors relating to the therapeutic engagement of the offender in treatment, and in particular, the impact of the "out-of-group" time between...
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This study explores the early experiences and offending patterns of men who have sexually offended against children. Qualitative interviews with the men have been analysed using Ward and Siegert's (2002) Pathways Model. The findings, while tentative, indicate that developmental trajectories or individual pathways may be forged by building blocks of...
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Practitioner and beginning researchers in social work often struggle with the process of qualitative data analysis. This article discusses the use of a teaching tool for qualitative analysis that is relatively simple to apply within the classroom setting. Based on the grounded theory method of qualitative analysis (Glaser and Strauss, 1967; Strauss...
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In this study, the reasons why qualified social workers and social work students think men sexually offend against children are examined. Participants were asked to give reasons for these behaviours and to rate them using Benson's Attributional Scale across four dimensions; stability, internality, controllability and globality. The results suggeste...
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This study examined the reasons given by social workers and social work students for sexual offenses against children in New Zealand. Qualified and student social workers were asked to give the reasons why they think men sexually offend against children. A Grounded Theory methodology was applied to the reasons given for sexual offending and a set o...
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Sexual offending by adolescent perpetrators is an area of concern that has received increased clinical attention in recent years. There has been a significant increase in the number of treatment programs for juvenile sex offenders in North America, and similar developments are occurring in the United Kingdom. In the South Pacific, the problem of ad...
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This paper explores the research findings of a study, completed in 1990, which looked into the effects of unemployment on rural New Zealand families. A paradigm of grounded theory development was used to illuminate the experiences of 10 couples who had been affected by unemployment. The study illustrates the negative effects of unemployment upon in...
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In 1989, New Zealand introduced child protection legislation that embraces a model of family decision making. The model, based on traditional indigenous decision-making practices, has revolutionized social work with children and families in the child care and protection area. This paper considers the development of the legislation in terms of its a...
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While sound public policy development is built on rigorous research, research tends to occur in an ad hoc way, with little strategic attention being paid to identifying research information needs as they interact across a system of policy interest. The development of research strategies that address integrated information needs can help to ensure t...
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This thesis is centrally concerned with the development of knowledge-building research and practice-building research within the context of child protection social work with sexually aggressive children and their families. Child protection social work requires a range of knowledge that extends across many areas of violence practice. Generic knowled...

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