Professor Elizabeth Fernandez

Professor
School of Social Sciences

Contact

+61 (2) 9385 1865
+61 (2) 9662 8991
Room G56, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus

Research

Elizabeth Fernandez is a Professor of Social Work at the School of Social Sciences, at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW. She is the Postgraduate Research Coordinator of the School (2010 to mid-2011).

Elizabeth's teaching and research for over two decades are in the areas of child abuse, trauma, family violence, care and protection and field-based learning and supervision. Her areas of specialisation include research into practice with children and families, child and youth wellbeing, vulnerable families, early intervention, care and protection, risk assessment, children and legal intervention, foster care and adoption, social inclusion and minority groups, child and adolescent mental health, life course theory and research.

Elizabeth has conducted research in collaboration with Government departments and non-government organisations to inform social policies and program development. She has also collaborated with Barnardos Australia in the research and implementation of the Looking After Children (LAC) framework in Australian child welfare through the LAC Project (www.lacproject.org), and the implementation of the UK Framework for The Assessment of Families of Children in Need (www.SCARF.org.au). As a founding member of the International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation in Family and Children's Services, she shares an interest in cross-national outcome research.

Elizabeth has published widely in national and international journals on child abuse, prevention and family support, out of home care, child wellbeing and field-based learning in social work education. Her most recent book is an edited volume How Does Foster Care Work? International Evidence on Outcomes (Fernandez, E. and Barth, R., 2010, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers). She also serves on the Editorial Boards of Child and Family Social Work (UK), Children and Youth Services Review (US) and Children Australia. She is a Board Member of the International Society for Child Indicators and Founding Member of the International Association for Outcomes Based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children's Services.


Research Areas

Practice with children and families, child and youth wellbeing, vulnerable families, early intervention, care and protection, risk assessment, children and legal intervention, foster care and adoption, social inclusion and minority groups, child and adolescent mental health, life course theory and research

Past and Current Research Projects

A ten year longitudinal study of children in care which is supported by two projects:

Looking after children: Pathways in substitute care
An ARC Linkage Grant, 1998-2001, chief investigator – Researched outcomes in domains of attachment, health, emotional and behavioural development and education through an 8 year longitudinal follow up of children in out of home care. Involved simultaneous adaptation and implementation of the UK Looking After Children case management system in Barnardos out of homes care programs and establishment of the LAC Project as a joint venture of the School of Social Work and Barnardos Australia, www.lacproject.org

Care matters: Capturing outcomes for children in foster care
An ARC Linkage Grant, 2009-2011, chief investigator – Analysed children’s experiences and outcomes of placement in foster care through an innovative multi-dimensional view of children’s, foster parents’, and caseworkers’ perspectives. Generated significant knowledge about children’s attachment to new families; measured outcomes of foster care in a multifaceted way, and identified policy implications of responding effectively to children in need of stable family environments to achieve healthy developmental outcomes and to their foster carers.

Projects focusing on early intervention, prevention and reunification:

Taking child abuse seriously: Implications for strengthening families
An ARC Linkage Grant,  2001-2005, chief investigator – a study of the impact of family based services on vulnerable families and children through an 18 month follow up of 60 families and implementation of a framework for the assessment of families of children in need in Barnardos Integrated Family Support Programs Outcomes of the research are extended through the SCARF Project, www.SCARF.org.au.

Pathways to permanency: A study of foster care reunification outcomes
An ARC Linkage Grant, 2005-2007, chief investigator – Researched the process, outcomes and potential of reunification decision-making involving children in need of temporary foster care. In a three year follow up study of three family reunification programs, this collaborative research undertook a systematic analysis of the process and circumstances in which family reunification is likely to lead to safety and positive outcomes for children, and those in which alternative permanent care plans were indicated. This project generated evidence-based knowledge about reunification decision-making and identified policy implications of responding effectively to children in need of temporary foster care.

A national comparative analysis of child, family and service factors contributing to successful and unsuccessful reunification outcomes in out of home care
An ARC Linkage Grant, 2009-2011, joint chief investigator with P. Delfabbro (Adelaide University). This project will inform decision-making relating to the safe return of children to their families from protective care. Insights will be obtained into the multiple factors that contribute to successful reunification and post reunification outcomes. The study will help to identify children most at risk of remaining in care (e.g. indigenous children), review structural decision-making tools or specialist services to assist children to return home, and provide a nationally tested methodology for studying, recording, and measuring reunification processes and outcomes.

Challenges, possibilities and future directions: A national assessment of Australia's Children's Courts’
An ARC Discovery Grant, 2009-2010, joint chief investigator with A. Borowski and R.J. Sheehan (La Trobe University). Children's Courts occupy a unique position in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in responding to often marginalized delinquent youth and vulnerable children and families. Philosophical and structural shifts in Australia and overseas suggest community and legal system responses are often ineffective and contribute to longer term problems, creating social challenges for governments and communities alike. This national study examines how key stakeholders, including, significantly, judicial officers, view the Children's Court's contemporary responses and challenges, their preferred alternatives responses and the viability of suggested reforms, thus offering a unique contribution to informing legal and social policy change.

A national comparative analysis of child, family and service factors contributing to successful and unsuccessful reunification outcomes in out‑of‑home care, ARC Linkage (CIs: Delfabbro; Fernandez; and Kettler), 2009-2012. This study aims to elicit insights into the multiple factors that contribute to successful reunification and post reunification outcomes. The study aims to identify children most at risk of remaining in care, decision making tools and specialist services to assist children return home and develop a methodology for documenting and measuring reunification processes and outcomes.

Forgotten Australians: Identifying long term outcomes for people who lived in institutional and other forms of out of home care, ARC Linkage (CIs: Fernandez and Lee), 2013-2016. This research aims to explore life experiences of ‘care leavers’ who have lived in institutions (such as children’s homes and orphanages) or other forms of out of home care as children. The specific aims of the current project are to: 1) Explore patterns of older ‘care leavers’ experiences and life trajectories in care and post care; 2) Identify their current unmet needs and ways to support them; 3) Identify factors in their past or present experiences that are protective or accentuate risks; 4) Assess ways in which support from professionals, families and friends help them to achieve positive outcomes; 5) Apply learnings to contemporary out of home care and after care to enhance favourable life outcomes and transition services for care alumni.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Child and youth wellbeing, child physical and sexual abuse, family violence, care and protection, early intervention, health and illness, child and adolescent mental health and interested in mixed methodologies

Postgraduate Research Completions  

  • E HeeRa Heaser, PhD Social Work, Korean Australian adoptee collaborations: Understanding the chao
  • Nisha Anne Prichard, PhD Social Science and Policy, Child protection, domestic violence
  • Charles Lo, PhD Sociology, Old gay men and home careIoana
  • Oprea, PhD Social Science and Policy, The impact of tertiary education on quality of life in Australia: A life course approach
  • Meredith Nrui, PhD Social Science and Policy, Child and family homelessness
  • Rebecca Oxley, PhD Sociology, Fathers with postnatal depression: Nature/culture and lived experience
  • Kit Wan Ho, PhD Social Work, 2002, Influence of values on conflict management behaviour in welfare practitioners

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision 

  • Kenny Kor, PhD, Developing therapeutic practice for out-of-home residential care for children and young people in New South Wales
  • Leon Ankersmit, PhD, Partners in out of home care: Working relationship between birth parents and foster carers
  • Sarah Mills, Masters, Sibling safety after a child death: Decision making process for professionals
  • Paul-Auguste Cornefert, PhD Social Work, Birth fathers of adopted children
  • E HeeRa Heaser, PhD Social Work, Korean Australian adoptee collaborations: Understanding the chaos
  • Nisha Anne Prichard, PhD Social Science and Policy, Child protection, domestic violence
  • Charles Lo, PhD Sociology, Old gay men and home care
  • Ioana Oprea, PhD Social Science and Policy, The impact of tertiary education on quality of life in Australia: A life course approach
  • Meredith Nrui, PhD Social Science and Policy, Child and family homelessness
  • Rebecca Oxley, PhD Sociology, Fathers with postnatal depression: Nature/culture and lived experience

Teaching

Teaching areas
Human Behaviour: life stress and the life span, child and family social work: child protection and substitute care

Current teaching
SOCW 1003 Human behaviour 1
SOCW 3008 Selected studies
SOCW 4007 International placement

Affiliation and Memberships    

  • Founding member, International Association for Outcome Research in Child and Family Services      
  • Board member, International Society for Child Wellbeing Indicators   
  • Member, International Society for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect  
  • Chair, Research Forum, Association of Child Welfare Agencies (ACWA)
  • Chair, Scientific Committee, Biennial National Conference of Association of Child Welfare Agencies (2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)


Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Fernandez E;Lee JS, 2017, 'Experiences and Outcomes of Adults Who Endured Maltreatment as Children in Care in Australia in the Twentieth Century', in Child Maltreatment in Residential Care History, Research, and Current Practice, Springer, pp. 419 - 460, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319579894
    • Fernandez EA, 2016, 'Childhood in the context of the lifespan', in Encyclopaedia on Early Childhood Education, Springer Science+Science Media, Dordrecht, https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/node/60359/download-pdf
    • Fernandez EA, 2016, 'Case management in child protection: Challenges, complexities and possibilities', in Moore E (ed.), Case management Inclusive Community Practice, Oxford University Press, http://www.oup.com.au/titles/higher_ed/social_science/social_work/9780195562149
    • Ramia I;Fernandez E, 2015, 'Child Poverty in the International Context', in Theoretical and Empirical Insights into Child and Family Poverty Cross National Perspectives, Springer, pp. 11 - 35
    • Fernandez E, 2015, 'Understanding Child and Family Poverty: An Introduction to Some Key Themes and Issues', in Fernandez E; Zeira A; Vecchiato T; Canali C (ed.), THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL INSIGHTS INTO CHILD AND FAMILY POVERTY: CROSS NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, edn. Childrens Well-Being Indicators and Research, SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, pp. 1 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17506-5_1
    • Fernandez E;Ramia I, 2015, 'Child Poverty in the International Context', in Fernandez E; Zeira A; Vecchiato T; Canali C (ed.), THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL INSIGHTS INTO CHILD AND FAMILY POVERTY: CROSS NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, edn. Childrens Well-Being Indicators and Research, SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, pp. 11 - 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17506-5_2
    • Wearing M;Fernandez E, 2015, 'Why Are Poor Children Always with Us? Theory, Ideology and Policy for Understanding Child Poverty', in Fernandez E; Zeira A; Vecchiato T; Canali C (ed.), THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL INSIGHTS INTO CHILD AND FAMILY POVERTY: CROSS NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, edn. Childrens Well-Being Indicators and Research, SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, pp. 71 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17506-5_5
    • Fernandez E;Zeira A;Vecchiato T;Canali C, 2015, 'Reducing Poverty and Investing in Children and Families', in Fernandez E; Zeira A; Vecchiato T; Canali C (ed.), THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL INSIGHTS INTO CHILD AND FAMILY POVERTY: CROSS NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, edn. Childrens Well-Being Indicators and Research, SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, pp. 303 - 311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17506-5_19
    • Fernandez EA;Bolitho J;Hansen P, 2013, 'The Children's Court in New South Wales', in Sheehan R; Borowski A (ed.), Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow, edn. 1st, Springer, Dordecht, pp. 27 - 44, http://www.springer.com/law/international/book/978-94-007-5927-5
    • Fernandez EA, 2013, 'Early childhood: dimensions and contexts of development and well-being', in Ben Arieh A; Casas F; Frones I; Korbin JE (ed.), Handbook of child well-being, edn. 1st ed., Springer, Dordecht, pp. 1629 - 1648, http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/wellbeing+&+quality-of-life/book/978-90-481-9062-1
    • Cheers D;Fernandez E;Morwitzer J;Tregeagle S, 2011, 'Guided practice in Australia: Research, implementation, and child and family perspectives on Looking After Children and the assessment framework', in Child Welfare: Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice: Second Edition, pp. 487 - 500
    • Fernandez EA;Barth R, 2010, 'A Synthesis of Research Findings and Direction for Policy, Practice, and Research in Social Care’', in Fernandez E; Barth R (ed.), How Does Foster Care Work? International Evidence on Outcomes., edn. First, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. 298 - 305
    • Fernandez EA, 2010, 'Growing Up in Care: An Australian Longitudinal Study of Outcomes', in Fernandez E; Barth R (ed.), How Does Foster Care Work? International Evidence on Outcomes., edn. First, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. 275 - 295
    • Fernandez EA;Delfabbro P, 2010, 'Reunification in Australia: Insights from South Australia and New South Wales', in Fernandez E; Barth R (ed.), How Does Foster Care Work? International Evidence on Outcomes., edn. First, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. 111 - 130
    • Fernandez EA;Barth R, 2010, 'Reviewing International Evidence to Inform Foster Care Policy and Practice', in Fernandez E; Barth R (ed.), How Does Foster Care Work? International Evidence on Outcomes., edn. First, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. 20 - 28
    • Fernandez EA, 2009, 'Grandir en famille d’accueil: points de vue des esfants accuellis et des familles d’accueil', in Tillard B; Rurka A; Durning P (ed.), Du placement a la suppleance familiale: actualite des recherches internationnales, edn. 1, L’Harmattan, Paris, pp. 59 - 74
    • Fernandez EA;Healy JP, 2007, 'Supporting children and responding to families: Steps on the way to family change', in Berry M (ed.), Identifying Essential Elements of Chnage: Lessons from International Research in Community Based Family Centres, edn. 1st, Acco Leuven/Vooburg, Belgium, pp. 35 - 50
    • Fernandez EA, 2007, 'Identifying Sensitive Outcomes of Intervention in Community Based Centres', in Berry M (ed.), Identifying Essential Elements of Chnage: Lessons from International Research in Community Based Family Centres, edn. 1st, Acco Leuven/Vooburg, Belgium, pp. 9 - 19
    • Fernandez EA, 2006, 'Growing Up in care: Resilience and care outcomes', in Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare, edn. 1st, Ottawa Press, Canada, pp. 131 - 156
    • Fernandez EA, 2005, 'The Challenge of Child Protection', in Alston M; McKinnon J (ed.), Social Work Fields of Practice (2nd Ed), edn. 2nd, Oxford, Melbourne, pp. 176 - 193
    • Fernandez EA, 2005, 'Growing up in care: Resilience and care outcomes', in Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare, edn. 1st, Ottawa Press, Canada, pp. 131 - 156
    • Fernandez EA, 2002, 'Protecting Children Through Family Support Services', in Vecchiato; Maluccio; Canali (ed.), Client and Programme Perspectives on Outcome Evaluation, edn. Original, Aldine de Gruyter, New York, pp. 134 - 149
    • Fernandez EA, 2001, 'Child Maltreatment and LChild Protection', in Alston M; McKinnon J (ed.), Social Work Fields of Practice, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, pp. 168 - 190

    Journal articles

    • Fernandez E;Lee JS;Foote W;Blunden H;McNamara P;Kovacs S;Cornefert PA, 2017, ''There's More to be Done; Sorry is Just a Word': Legacies of Out-of-Home Care in the 20th Century', Children Australia, vol. 42, pp. 176 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cha.2017.29
    • Fernandez E;Delfabbro P;Ramia I;Kovacs S, 2017, 'Children returning from care: The challenging circumstances of parents in poverty', Children and Youth Services Review, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.06.008
    • Delfabbro P;Fernandez E;McCormick J;Ketter L, 2015, 'An Analysis of Reunification from Out-of-Home Care in Three Australian States', Child Indicators Research, vol. 8, pp. 359 - 373, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-014-9238-6
    • Fernandez E, 2014, 'Child Protection and Vulnerable Families: Trends and Issues in the Australian Context', Social Sciences, vol. 3, pp. 785 - 808, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/socsci3040785
    • Sunagawa K;Roux C;Tamura T;Lovell N;Makikawa M, 2013, 'Editorial', Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2013.6609411
    • Delfabbro P;Fernandez E;McCormick J;Kettler L, 2013, 'Reunification in a complete entry cohort: A longitudinal study of children entering out-of-home care in Tasmania, Australia', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 35, pp. 1592 - 1600, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.06.012
    • Fernandez E;Atwool N, 2013, 'Child protection and out of home care: Policy, practice, and research connections Australia and New Zealand', Psychosocial Intervention, vol. 22, pp. 175 - 184, http://dx.doi.org/10.5093/in2013a21
    • Fernandez E;Lee JS, 2013, 'Accomplishing family reunification for children in care: An Australian study', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 35, pp. 1374 - 1384, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.05.006
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'Evidence based-practice: sfidé e opportunità', Politiche e servizi alle persone, vol. 2, pp. 47 - 56, http://www.fondazionezancan.it/en/pubblicazioni/studi_zancan
    • Ezell M;Spath R;Zeira A;Canali C;Fernandez E;Thoburn J;Vecchiato T, 2011, 'An international classification system for child welfare programs', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 33, pp. 1847 - 1854, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2011.05.003
    • Fernandez E, 2011, 'Conceptualizing indicators for children in diverse contexts and particular circumstances, challenges and constraints', Child Indicators Research, vol. 4, pp. 547 - 553, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-011-9124-4
    • Fernandez E;Lee JS, 2011, 'Returning children in care to their families: Factors associated with the speed of reunification', Child Indicators Research, vol. 4, pp. 749 - 765, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-011-9121-7
    • Fernandez EA, 2011, 'Child inclusive research, policy and practcie', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 33, pp. 487 - 489
    • Fernandez EA, 2011, 'Ricerca Child inclusive: indicazioni da uno studio longitudinale australiano', Politiche e servizi, vol. 1, pp. 22 - 38, http://assemblealegislativa.regione.emilia-romagna.it/wcm/biblioteca/monitor/newsletter/numeri/indice2011/n11/novita/sic.htm
    • Fernandez EA, 2010, 'Child Inclusive Policy, Practice and Research', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. Advance access, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.08.013
    • Fernandez E, 2009, 'Children's wellbeing in care: Evidence from a longitudinal study of outcomes', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 31, pp. 1092 - 1100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.07.010
    • Fernandez EA, 2009, 'Using prevention science to reduce the risk of child neglect: A Response, Children Australia.', Children Australia, vol. 34, pp. 45 - 46
    • Fernandez E, 2008, 'Psychosocial Wellbeing of Children in Care: A Longitudinal Study of Outcomes', CHILD INDICATORS RESEARCH, vol. 1, pp. 303 - 320, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-008-9013-7
    • Fernandez E, 2008, 'Unravelling emotional, behavioural and educational outcomes in a longitudinal study of children in foster-care', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 38, pp. 1283 - 1301, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcm028
    • Fernandez E, 2007, 'Supporting children and responding to their families: Capturing the evidence on family support', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 29, pp. 1368 - 1394, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2007.05.012
    • Fernandez E, 2007, 'How children experience fostering outcomes: Participatory research with children', Child and Family Social Work, vol. 12, pp. 349 - 359, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2006.00454.x
    • Fernandez EA, 2007, 'Unravelling Emotional Behavioural and Educational Outcomes in a Longitudinal Study of Children in Foster-Care', British Journal of Social Work, pp. 1 - 19
    • Fernandez EA;Berry M;Brandon M;Chaskin R;Grietens H;Lightburn A;McNamara PM;Mumford R;Palacio-Quintin E;Sanders J;Warren-Adamson C;Zeira A, 2006, 'Identifying sensitive outcomes of interventions in community-based centres', International Journal of child and Family Welfare, vol. 9, pp. 2 - 10
    • Fernandez EA, 2006, 'Making a Difference Through Family Support', Family Preservation Journal, vol. 7, pp. 89 - 103
    • Fernandez EA, 2006, 'Supporting families: Tracking interactions between families and professionals in Sydney, Australia', International Journal of child and Family Welfare, vol. 9, pp. 26 - 40
    • Fernandez EA, 2004, 'Effective Interventions to Promote Child and Family Wellness', Child and family social work, vol. 9, pp. 91 - 104
    • Fernandez EA, 2003, 'Promoting Teaching Competence in Field Education: Facilitating Transition from Practitioner to Educator', Women in Welfare Education, vol. 6, pp. 103 - 129
    • Fernandez E, 1999, 'Pathways in substitute care: Representation of placement careers of children using event history analysis', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 21, pp. 177 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0190-7409(99)00014-6
    • Fernandez EA, 1998, 'Student perceptions of satisfaction with practicum learning', Social Work Education, vol. 17, pp. 173 - 201
    • Fernandez EA, 1997, 'Effective Teaching and Learning in Practicum Education: Perceptions of Student social Workers and Student Teachers', PEPE Research Monograph No. 2, pp. 67 - 107

    Conference Papers

    • Fernandez EA, 2011, 'Evidence Based Practice: Challenges and Opportunities', in How to Support Professionals to Support Evidence in Direct Practice, Fondazione Emanuela Zancan, Malosco, Italy, pp. 46 - 50, presented at Fondazione Emanuela Zancan, Malosco, Italy, 26 - 28 June 2011
    • Fernandez EA, 2010, 'Child Inclusive Research: Perceptions On Outcomes Of Care From An Australian Longitudinal Study', in Child Inclusive Research: Perceptions On Outcomes Of Care From An Australian Longitudinal Study, iaOBERfcs International Seminar: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches for Assessing Outcomes: Looking Ahead to the next 10 years., Florence, presented at iaOBERfcs International Seminar: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches for Assessing Outcomes: Looking Ahead to the next 10 years., Florence, 29 September 2010
    • Fernandez EA;Lee J, 2010, 'Returning home: A study of reunification outcomes for separated children', in Returning home: A study of reunification outcomes for separated children, 11th International Biennial EUSARF Conference, Groningen, Netherlands, presented at 11th International Biennial EUSARF Conference, Groningen, Netherlands, 22 - 25 September 2010
    • Fernandez EA;Hamill R, 2010, 'How does Reunification Work: A Study of Reunification Outcomes', in How does Reunification Work: A Study of Reunification Outcomes, ACWA 10 - Building a Child Friendly Australia: Responding to Vulnerable Families., Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, pp. 64 - 65, presented at ACWA 10 - Building a Child Friendly Australia: Responding to Vulnerable Families., Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 02 - 04 August 2010
    • Fernandez EA, 2010, 'Enhancing Field Based Learning through Effective Supervision', in Enhancing Field Based Learning through Effective Supervision, Joint World Conference on Social Work & Social development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, pp. 536, presented at Joint World Conference on Social Work & Social development: The Agenda, Hong Kong, 10 - 14 June 2010
    • Fernandez EA;Lee J, 2009, 'What does a multidimensional assessment of social and environmental indicators of risk tell us about the reunification outcomes for children in care?', in What does a multidimensional assessment of social and environmental indicators of risk tell us about the reunification outcomes for children in care?, 01 January 2009
    • Fernandez EA, 2009, 'How does foster care work for children: An evidence base', in How does foster care work for children: An evidence base, IFCO - Linking Global Foster Care International Conference, UCD, Dublin, Ireland, presented at IFCO - Linking Global Foster Care International Conference, UCD, Dublin, Ireland, 01 July 2009, http://www.ifco2009.ie/
    • Fernandez EA, 2009, 'Children's Wellbeing in Care – Evidence from a Longitudinal Study of Outcomes.', in Children's Wellbeing in Care – Evidence from a Longitudinal Study of Outcomes., Well Being Research Showcase Program, UNSW, UNSW, presented at Well Being Research Showcase Program, UNSW, UNSW, 19 - 20 August 2009
    • Fernandez EA, 2009, 'Workshop on Supervision in Field Education', in Workshop on Supervision in Field Education, International Research Workshop, UNSW, presented at International Research Workshop, UNSW, 18 - 20 February 2009
    • Fernandez EA, 2008, 'How do Children Fare i Care: A Longitudinal Study of Outcomes', in Assessing the evidence base of Intervention, 10th Eusarf International Conference, Padova, Italy, presented at 10th Eusarf International Conference, Padova, Italy, 26 - 29 March 2008
    • Fernandez EA, 2006, 'Growing up in Foster care: Perspectives of Children, Carers and Teachers', in 9th International EUSARF Congress, 9th International EUSARF Congress, Paris, France, presented at 9th International EUSARF Congress, Paris, France, 21 - 24 September 2005
    • Fernandez EA, 2006, 'Child`s wellbeing in care: Evidence from a longitudinal examination of outcomes', in Positive futures, Positive futures, Sydney, pp. 39, presented at Positive futures, Sydney, 14 - 16 August 2006
    • Fernandez EA, 2006, 'Moving Research into action', in Positive futures, Positive futures, Sydney, pp. 23, presented at Positive futures, Sydney, 14 - 16 August 2006
    • Fernandez EA, 2006, 'Unravelling emotional, behavioural and educational outcomes in a longitudinal study of children in foster care', in International Perspective on Mental Health Needs of children in care, International Perspective on Mental Health Needs of children in care, New York, pp. 1 - 9, presented at International Perspective on Mental Health Needs of children in care, New York, 20 September 2006
    • Fernandez EA, 2005, 'Supporting Children and Responding to Families: Tracking Service Interactions and Outcomes', in EUSARF, ONED, Paris X Nanterre (ed.), 9th International EUSARF Congress, 9th International EUSARF Congress, Paris, France, pp. 62 - 62, presented at 9th International EUSARF Congress, Paris, France, 21 - 24 September 2005
    • Fernandez EA, 2005, 'Growing up in care: children`s perceptions of outcomes of long term care', in EUSARF, ONED, Paris X Nanterre (ed.), 9th International EUSARF Congress, 9th International EUSARF Congress, Paris, France, pp. 61 - 61, presented at 9th International EUSARF Congress, Paris, France, 21 - 24 September 2005
    • Fernandez EA, 2005, 'Supporting Families: Following Interactions Between Families and their Support Workers', in iaOBERfcs - International Association for Outcome-based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children's (ed.), 5th International Seminar on Outcome-based evaluation in child and family services, 5th International Seminar on Outcome-based evaluation in child and family services, Venice, Italy, pp. 3 - 3, presented at 5th International Seminar on Outcome-based evaluation in child and family services, Venice, Italy, 18 - 21 September 2005
    • Fernandez EA, 2004, 'Supporting Children and Responding to Families: A Research Study of Intervention', in Uniting Care; The Spastic Centre; Dept. of Community Services (eds.), Intensive Family Services 5th National Practice Symposium, Intensive Family Services 5th National Practice Symposium - `In partnership with families: stepping off the roundabout`, Sydney, pp. 20 - 20, presented at Intensive Family Services 5th National Practice Symposium - `In partnership with families: stepping off the roundabout`, Sydney, 31 March - 02 April 2004
    • Fernandez EA, 2004, 'Researching Children`s Views on Service Outcome: Future Research and Interventions', in Knowledge into Action: Effective Practice for Child and Family Services, Knowledge into Action: Effective Practice for Child and Family Services, Sydney, pp. 6 - 6, presented at Knowledge into Action: Effective Practice for Child and Family Services, Sydney, 01 - 03 August 2004
    • Fernandez EA, 2004, 'Effective Interventions to Promote Resilient Outcomes for Children in Care: A Longitudinal Study of Children in Care', in ISPCAN (ed.), ISPCAN 15th International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, ISPCAN 15th International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 124 - 124, presented at ISPCAN 15th International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Brisbane, Qld, 19 - 22 September 2004
    • Fernandez EA, 2004, 'Promoting Child Wellbeing through Family Support: capturing the Research Evidence on Family Support', in ISPCAN (ed.), ISPCAN 15th International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, ISPCAN 15th International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Brisbane, Qld, pp. 96 - 96, presented at ISPCAN 15th International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Brisbane, Qld, 19 - 22 September 2004
    • Fernandez EA, 2004, 'Intervention to Promote Family Wellness: Research Evidence and Policy Implications', in IFSW; IASSW; AASW; AASWWE (eds.), Global Social Work Congress 2004 - Reclaiming Civil Society, Global Social Work Congress 2004 - Reclaiming Civil Society, Adelaide, Sth Aust, pp. 57 - 57, presented at Global Social Work Congress 2004 - Reclaiming Civil Society, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 02 - 05 October 2004
    • Fernandez EA, 2004, 'Working with Family Change: The case for best Practice in Family Support Intervention', in Social Development, Canada (ed.), 6th International Looking After Children Conference, Promoting Resilient Development in Children - 6th International Looking After Children Conference, Ottawa, Canada, presented at Promoting Resilient Development in Children - 6th International Looking After Children Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 16 - 21 August 2004
    • Fernandez EA, 2004, 'Resilience and Care Outcomes: Perspectives of Children Carers and Teachers', in Social Department, Canada (ed.), Promoting Resilient Development in Children - 6th International Looking After Children Conference, Promoting Resilient Development in Children - 6th International Looking After Children Conference, Ottawa, Canada, presented at Promoting Resilient Development in Children - 6th International Looking After Children Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 16 - 21 August 2004
    • Fernandez EA, 2001, 'Protecting Children by Strengthening Families: A Study of Outcomes of Intervention through family centres', in International Research Seminar on, International Research Seminar on, International Research Seminar on, pp. 251 - 272, presented at International Research Seminar on, International Research Seminar on, 01 January 2001
    • Fernandez EA, 1998, 'Realities of women`s caring: rethinking child welfare interventions.', in Women Participating in Global Change, Women Participating in Global Change, Hong Kong, presented at Women Participating in Global Change, Hong Kong, 01 January 1996

    Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

    • Fernandez EA; Heycox KS; Hughes LP; Wilkinson M, (eds.), 1998, 'Women Participating in Global Change', Women Participating in Global Change, Hong Kong, presented at Women Participating in Global Change, Hong Kong, 01 January 1996

    Reports

    • Fernandez E;Ramia IO;Delaney J;Kovacs S, 2016, Reunification and Re-entry Trajectories for Children in Out-of-home care in Queensland, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
    • Fernandez EA;Lee J-S;Blunden H;McNamara P;Kovacs S;Cornefert P, 2016, No Child Should Grow Up Like This: Identifying long term outcomes of Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants and the Stolen Generations, University of New South Wales, Kensington Sydney, http://www.forgottenaustralians.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/uploads/UNSW_ForgottenAustralians_Report_Nov16.pdf
    • Fernandez EA;Bolitho J;Hansen P;Hudson M;Kendall S, 2014, A study of the Children's Court of New South Wales: Part of a National Assessment of Australia's Children's Courts, University of New South Wales, Kensignton NSW
    • Dolby R;Cashmore ;Brown ;Fisher KR;Fernandez ;Thomson, 2006, Outcome study on the use of children's services as a strategy in child protection, 15/2006

    Conference Posters

    • Fernandez EA;Lee J, 2009, 'Pathways to permanency: Reunification outcomes for children in foster care.', in Children Australia, Children Australia, UNSW, presented at Well Being Research Showcase Program, UNSW, UNSW, 19 - 20 August 2009

    Conference Presentations

    • Fernandez EA, 2013, 'Children between families: Accomplishing reunification for children in care, 4th International Society for child indicators', presented at The 4th International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) Conference: Child Indicators in a Globalized World: Implications for Research Practice and Policy, Seoul, Korea, 29 - 31 May 2013, http://isci.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/P2_Fernandez.pdf
    • Fernandez EA, 2013, 'Children and poverty: A contemporary thought on measurement, indicators and impacts', presented at Children and poverty: a review of contemporary thought on measurement, indicators and impacts, 12th iaOBERfcs Annual International Seminar of the International Association for Outcome Research in Fam, Hebrew University Jerusalem Israel, 24 - 27 June 2013
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'Enhancing Field Based Learning and Teaching through Effective Supervision', 21 - 24 May 2012
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'Children¿s Courts: Challenges and Possibilities Responding to', 04 - 07 September 2012
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'Facilitating resilient outcomes for children in care', 01 January 2012
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'Work Integrated learning: Innovations in training field teachers to enhance outcomes for students', 29 October - 02 November 2012
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'International Social Work: Current Realities and Future Challenges', 01 January 2012
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'Understanding Child Abuse', 01 January 2012
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'Work integrated learning: Innovations in training field teachers to enhance outcomes for students', presented at ACEN Collaborative Education: Investing in the Future, Melbourne, 29 October - 02 November 2012
    • Fernandez EA, 2012, 'Inter-jurisdictional similarities and variations in the nature and predictors of reunification in Australian out of home care', presented at Children's Rights: What's Right for Children?, Sydney, 20 - 22 August 2012
    • Fernandez EA, 2011, 'Growing Up in Foster Care: Children's preceptions of their wellbeing', presented at Children's Well-Being: the research and policy challenges, York England, 27 - 29 July 2011
    • Bolitho J;Hansen P;Fernandez E, 2011, 'Case study: Challenges, possibilities and future directions: The NSW Children’s Court', presented at 2nd Annual Juvenile Justice Summit, Melbourne Australia, 09 - 10 March 2011
    • Fernandez EA, 2008, 'The Challenge of Growing up in Care - A Longitudinal Study of Outcomes', presented at 8th International Looking After Children Conference, Oxford University, 07 - 09 July 2008

Teaching

Human Behaviour:Life Stress and the Life Span
Child and Family Social Work: Child Protection and Substitute Care
Professional Supervision: Postgraduate Certificate of Supervision in Field Education

Postgraduate Research Supervision
* Birth fathers of adopted children
* Korean Australian Adoptee Collaborations
* Child protection and domestic violence.
* Child and family homelessness
* Fathers with postnatal depression
* Old Gay Men and Home Care Provision

Professional contribution

MEMBERSHIP OF EDITORIAL BOARDS
Child and Family Social Work
Children and Youth Services Review
Children Australia

AWARDS
2011 National Award for Outstanding Teaching by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)

Affiliations and membership

International Association for Outcome Research in Child and Family Services (Founding Member), International Society for Child Wellbeing Indicators (Board Member), International Society for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect (Member)

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CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

CARE MATTERS: CAPTURING OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE (ARC Linkage Grant, Chief investigator). In a ten year longitudinal study this research analyses children’s experiences and outcomes of placement in foster care through an innovative multi-dimensional view of children’s, foster parents’, and caseworkers’ perspectives and generate significant knowledge about children’s attachment to new families; measure outcomes of foster care in a multifaceted way, and identify policy implications of responding effectively to children in need of stable family environments to achieve healthy developmental outcomes and to their foster carers.

CHALLENGES, POSSIBILITIES AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS: A NATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF AUSTRALIA'S CHILDREN'S COURTS (ARC Linkage Grant, Joint chief investigator with A. Borowski and R.J. Sheehan, La Trobe University) Children's Courts occupy a unique position in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in responding to often marginalized delinquent youth and vulnerable children and families. Philosophical and structural shifts in Australia and overseas suggest community and legal system responses are often ineffective and contribute to longer term problems, creating social challenges for governments and communities alike. This national study examines how key stakeholders, including, significantly, judicial officers, view the Children's Court's contemporary responses and challenges, their preferred alternatives responses and the viability of suggested reforms, thus offering a unique contribution to informing legal and social policy change.

A NATIONAL COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF CHILD, FAMILY AND SERVICE FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO SUCCESSFUL AND UNSUCCESSFUL REUNIFICATION OUTCOMES IN OUT OF HOME CARE(ARC Linkage Grant, Joint chief investigator with P. Delfabbro, Adelaide University) This project will inform decision making relating to the safe return of children to their families from protective care. Insights will be obtained into the multiple factors that contribute to successful reunification and post reunification outcomes. The study will help to identify children most at risk of remaining in care (e.g., indigenous children), review structural decision making tools or specialist services to assist children to return home, and provide a nationally tested methodology for studying, recording, and measuring reunification processes and outcomes.

PATHWAYS TO PERMANENCY: A STUDY OF FOSTER CARE REUNIFICATION OUTCOMES (ARC Linkage Grant, Chief investigator). This project researches the process, outcomes and potential of reunification decision making involving children in need of temporary foster care. In a three year follow up study of three family reunification programs, this collaborative research will undertake a systematic analysis of the process and circumstances in which family reunification is likely to lead to safety and positive outcomes for children, and those in which alternative permanent care plans are indicated. This project is expected to generate evidence based knowledge about reunification decision making and identify policy implications of responding effectively to children in need of temporary foster care.

TAKING CHILD ABUSE SERIOUSLY: IMPLICATIONS FOR STRENGTHENING FAMILIES (ARC Linkage Grant, Chief investigator) A study of the impact of family based services on vulnerable families and children though an 18 month follow up of 60 families and implementation of a framework for the assessment families of children in need in Barnardos Integrated Family Support Programs Outcomes of the research are extended through the SCARF Project, www.SCARF.org.au

LOOKING AFTER CHILDREN: PATHWAYS IN SUBSTITUTE CARE(ARC Spirt Grant, Chief investigator). Researches outcomes in domains of attachment, health, emotional and behavioural development and education through an 8 year longitudinal follow up of children in out of home care. The research involved simultaneous adaptation and implementation of the UK Looking After Children case management system in Barnardos out of homes care programs and establishment of the LAC Project as a joint venture of the School of Social Work and Barnardos Australia, www.lacproject.org