Chair & Head of Social Work, School of Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne
|Marie has been at The University of Melbourne for three years following a five year senior executive appointment within the New Zealand Government as Chief Social Worker. Prior to this, she was Associate Professor and Head of Department at the University of Canterbury and founding Director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. She has been engaged as a consultant to governments across international jurisdictions and also to prestigious academic schools. She has been providing advice to the NSW sector in their transitioning children in care developments and she also sits on ministerial and government committees relating to her area of expertise. Her child welfare practice, academic and consulting careers span over 30 years in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She has published extensively, including 12 books in her areas of scholarship. Her research interests include: the research-practice-interface in child protection; children in statutory care; family group conferencing and family engagement strategies in child welfare; reforming child protection systems; and rights-based practice in child and family welfare.|
Childhood, Rights, and Needs in 21st Century Australia
|People tend to feel passionate about rights because they frame our understandings of fair treatment, equity and justice. They influence our feelings of equality and discrimination. In contemporary Australian society much is said about rights and the importance of rights-based ideas within child and family welfare. Yet not all childhoods are equal, and not all services are rights-based.|
This presentation considers some of the challenges in negotiating children’s rights and needs, and explores some of the ways in which services can influence the ability of children to assert their rights.