DR Margaret Kertesz

DR Margaret Kertesz


  • 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.

    2014-17:      kContact - 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.   


Member of

  • Australian Association of Social Workers. Member 1996 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • BSW, Monash University 1995
  • D.Phil, University of Sussex 1992
  • MA, University of Sussex 1988
  • BA, Monash University 1985



Available for supervision

  • Y