Domestic and Family Violence (Intersection between DFV and Child Protection, program evaluation, whole of family approaches)
child and family welfare (out of home care, Child Protection)
Dr Margaret Kertesz is a senior research fellow in the Department of Social Work. With a background in both historical research and social work, she has worked in out-of-home care services and also spent some years as a researcher in the Child and Family Welfare sector. Over the last 10 years, she has worked closely with government and community sectors on a range of applied research, with an emphasis on guiding and improving practice in the areas of Child Protection, out-of-home care, records creation and domestic and family violence.
2009-2012: Who Am I?
interdisciplinary action research project - a project aimed at improving record-keeping practices within the out-of-home care services field.
2013: Working in the Cloud
- exploratory, interdisciplinary research to investigate the issues involved in developing a safe digital storage space for the
personal documents of children in out-of-home care.
- improving contact between children in out-of-home care and their birth parents: research to develop and trial a contact intervention.
2017: Evaluation of the Mothers in Mind group program for women and young children who have left violent situations.
2017-18: Development of a Family Violence practice model for Victorian Child Protection services.
2018 - Continuing evaluation - the Children and Mothers in Mind group program for women and young children who have left violent situations.