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.
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Working with women who use force: a feasibility study protocol of the Positive ( ) SHIFT g..
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Shifting practice in domestic violence: child protection workers partnering with mothers
Cathy Humphreys, Margaret Kertesz, Lucy Healey, David Mandel
Book Chapter | 2019
This book presents new interdisciplinary and intersectional research about women as mothers, highlighting that alternative account..
Who Makes Decisions for Vulnerable Young People? Shifting Sands and Murky Waters
Margaret Kertesz, Merle Spriggs, Cathy Humphreys
Journal article | 2018 | Australian Social Work
This paper discusses the existing guidance in Australian legislative and regulatory frameworks to inform the process of young peop..
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Australian Association of Social Workers
Bachelor of Social Work
Doctorate in History
University of Sussex
Master of Arts (History)
University of Sussex
Bachelor of Arts (History & German)