Lynne McPherson

Director of Research

Lynne is our Director of Research. She leads the research agenda at the CETC in conjunction with her role as Associate Professor with Southern Cross University based in the Centre for Children and Young People in the Faculty of Health. Lynne publishes and teaches widely in child protection supervision, child, youth and family issues, and therapeutic care. She is currently leading a significant research project, funded jointly by the Australian Research Council and the CETC, to explore what practices contribute to positive identity formation in therapeutic care contexts. Lynne has spent more than 25 years as a senior social work manager and practice leader in child protection and the child, youth and family sector. She has been a practitioner, manager, training consultant and senior policy advisor. For over a decade, she was senior manager of the State-wide Professional Development and Workforce Strategy Unit for the Department of Human Services, Victoria, Australia. In 1997, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to examine international best practices in child protection. In 2017 Dr McPherson and Noel Macnamara released the book ‘Supervising Child Protection Practice: What Works?’ An Evidence-Informed Approach. Lynne lives on Bundjalung country.

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Lynne McPherson

Sibling Placement in Out-of-Home Care – research brief
Sibling Placement in Out-of-Home Care – research brief
Written by: Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Janise Mitchell Noel MacNamara
The significance of sibling relationships for children and young people in out-of-home care is well documented by national and international scholars (Luu, Conley, Wright &...
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Understanding the Needs of Kinship Carers in Australia – research brief
Understanding the Needs of Kinship Carers in Australia – research brief
Written by: Lynne McPherson Janise Mitchell Noel MacNamara
Kinship care placements in Australia are now more prevalent than foster care. They are the fastest growing form of out-of-home care in this country (AIHW,...
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The strengthen connections and relationships project
The strengthen connections and relationships project
Written by: Lynne McPherson Meaghan Vosz
What is this research about? Young people in residential care face major challenges that can prevent them from forming healthy relationships and a strong personal...
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Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Stress in Therapeutic Residential Care – research brief
Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Stress in Therapeutic Residential Care – research brief
Written by: Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Natalie Parmenter
It is generally accepted that child welfare professionals are at high risk of experiencing vicarious trauma: the manifestation of traumatic symptoms resulting from working with...
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The Essential Elements of Therapeutic Foster Care – research brief
The Essential Elements of Therapeutic Foster Care – research brief
Written by: Janise Mitchell Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Nadine Cameron Natalie Parmenter Joe Tucci
As far back as 2002 in the creation of the Catalyst Program, Mitchell developed what was Australia’s first therapeutic foster care program and one of...
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Preventing self-harm among young people in out-of-home care – research brief
Preventing self-harm among young people in out-of-home care – research brief
Written by: Nadine Cameron Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Noel MacNamara Natalie Parmenter
Many young people in out-of-home care are at an elevated risk of self-harm and suicidality. The reasons range from early exposure to abuse, disconnection from...
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What are the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care? – research brief
What are the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care? – research brief
Written by: Kathomi Gatwiri Lynne McPherson D Rotumah Nadine Cameron Natalie Parmenter
Indigenous children and young people face unique challenges in the child welfare system. The dimensions of this problem are complex and multifaceted. Providing culturally safe...
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Enabling young people’s participation in residential care decision-making – research brief
Enabling young people’s participation in residential care decision-making – research brief
Written by: Meaghan Vosz Lynne McPherson Natalie Parmenter Kathomi Gatwiri
The literature on how young people participate in decision-making in residential care identifies three main aspects of participation: being able to access information to take...
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Leaving Care: What we know and don’t know about outcomes for young people
Leaving Care: What we know and don’t know about outcomes for young people
Written by: Lynne McPherson
The research is clear: young people do not fare well when they leave care. Study after study, both in Australia and internationally, tells us that...
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They came to us for care and left with a criminal record
They came to us for care and left with a criminal record
Written by: Lynne McPherson
There is a nexus between living in Out of Home Care (OOHC) and being involved with the criminal justice system. In NSW children and young...
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What is known about child sexual exploitation in residential care?- research brief
What is known about child sexual exploitation in residential care?- research brief
Written by: Kathomi Gatwiri Lynne McPherson Natalie Parmenter Nadine Cameron
In 2016, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia noted that Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) was a significant issue of...
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Care Criminalisation: Issues and Current Research – research brief
Care Criminalisation: Issues and Current Research – research brief
Written by: Nadine Cameron Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Natalie Parmenter
Young people who are in, or have been in out-of-home care, particularly those with experience of living in residential care, are vulnerable to a number...
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Working with Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours – research brief
Working with Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours – research brief
Written by: Lynne McPherson Cyra Fernandes Nadine Cameron Natalie Parmenter
This research briefing provides an overview of the current literature reporting on young people who engage in harmful sexual behaviours. Workers at the front line...
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The needs of LGBTIQ young people in out of home care -research brief
The needs of LGBTIQ young people in out of home care -research brief
Written by: Nadine Cameron Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Natalie Parmenter
Young people who are same sex attracted, trans or gender diverse – a population who will be referred to in this document as LGBTIQ (lesbian,...
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What is Effective Therapeutic Care? – research brief
What is Effective Therapeutic Care? – research brief
Written by: Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Nadine Cameron Natalie Parmenter
This research briefing is an introduction to therapeutic care as a preferred response for children and young people who have experienced complex trauma and are...
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The evidence base for therapeutic group  care A systematic scoping review – research brief
The evidence base for therapeutic group care A systematic scoping review – research brief
Written by: Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Nadine Cameron Natalie Parmenter
The NSW Government has undertaken major reforms over the past two years aimed at improving outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care. Following...
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Good practice in supporting young people leaving care – research brief
Good practice in supporting young people leaving care – research brief
Written by: Nadine Cameron Lynne McPherson Kathomi Gatwiri Natalie Parmenter
The move to independent living is challenging for any young person, requiring the exercise of many new skills and navigation of a range of social...
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