Karen is a Senior Research Officer with the Child Family Community Australia information exchange based at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Karen has more than 20 years’ experience working in the field of youth work, child and family welfare, and statutory child protection services. This has included a number of roles within the Victorian statutory child protection system, including leadership positions.
Karen has sole-authored and co-authored a number of journal articles, book chapters, and reports, all focusing on the topic of child protection and child safety. They include a critique of the public health model as it is applied to child protection, risk assessment of sex offenders, intervening to protect children from cumulative harm, children’s participation in child protection decision-making, and child protection workers decision-making.