Professor Ilan Katz

Professor
BA (Social Work) Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg), PhD Brunel
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7810
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 233, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment, Social Policy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Family and Household Studies, Care for Disabled, Migration
Tags: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare, Children's/Youth Services and Childcare, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare, Community Service (excl. Work)

Professor Ilan Katz joined the Social Policy Research Centre in January 2005, becoming Director in July 2007. He started his career as a social worker and manager in several local authorities and NGOs in the UK. He was Head of Practice Development and Research at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After spending some time as a civil servant in the Department for Education and Skills, he returned to research. His research interests include parenting, child protection, youth justice, early intervention, prevention and family support, children and communities, social inclusion and child outcomes, comparative child welfare systems, adoption, migration, race and ethnicity and children of parents with mental illness.

Research

Professor Katz joined SPRC in January 2005. He has many years of policy, practice and research experience in children and family services in the UK. He started his career as a social worker and manager, working in several local authorities and NGOs in London. He was head of Evaluation, Practice development and Research at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After spending some time as a civil servant he returned to research to become Deputy Director of the Policy Research Bureau. 

His research interests include evaluation of complex interventions,  parenting, child protection, youth justice, prevention and family support, children, families and communities, comparative child welfare systems, migration, race and ethnicity. He was Chief Investigator of the National Evaluation of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy and Brighter Futures, NSW Department of Community Services Early Intervention Program and he is currently CI on the evaluations of New Income Management, the Family Support Program and the Community Detention program and 'Where's the Evidence in Indigenous Social Policy, an ARC linkage project.

Publications

    Books

    • Robinson G; Eichelkamp U; Goodnow J; Katz I, (eds.), 2008, Contexts of child development: culture, policy and intervention, Original, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin
    • Barnes J; Katz I; Korbin J; O Brien M, 2006, Children and Families in Communities: Theory Research and Practice, Original, John Wiley & Sons, London
    • Katz I; Pinkerton J, (eds.), 2003, Evaluating Family Support ? Thinking Critically, Thinking Internationally, Original, Wiley, Chichester

    Book Chapters

    • Blanden J; Katz I; Redmond G, 2012, 'Family Background and Child Outcomes', in Ermisch J; Jäntti M; Smeeding T (ed.), From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage, Russell Sage, New York, pp. 140 - 163
    • Gendera S; Pe-Pua R; Katz I, 2012, 'Social cohesion and social capital: the experience of Australian Muslim families in two communities', in Mansouri F; Marotta V (ed.), Muslims in the West and the challenges of belonging, edn. Original, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, pp. 89 - 113
    • Katz I; Redmond G, 2009, 'Family income as a protective factor for child outcomes?', in Rummery K; Greener I; Holden C (ed.), Social Policy Review 21, edn. Original, The Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 167 - 198, http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781847423733
    • Katz I, 2008, 'Early Intervention and Evidence-based Policy', in Robinson G; Eickelkamp U; Goodnow J; Katz I (ed.), Contexts of child development: culture, policy and intervention, edn. Original, Charles Darwin University Press, Darwin, pp. 90 - 99
    • Katz I, 2006, 'Family Support and Schools; issues for policy and practice', in Dolan P; Canavan J; Pinkerton J (ed.), Family Support as Reflective Practice, edn. Original, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London
    • Katz I, 2006, 'School as a base for family support services', in Dolan P; Canavan J; Pinkerton J (ed.), Family Support as Reflective Practice, edn. Original, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. 27 - 41
    • Katz I, 2005, 'The social and psychological development of mixed parentage children', in Okitipi T (ed.), Working with children of mixed parentage, edn. Original, Russell House, London, pp. 45 - 60
    • Katz I; Pinkerton J, 2003, 'International Convergence and Divergence – towards an Open System model in the Evaluation of Family Support', in Katz I; Pinkerton J (ed.), Evaluating Family Support ? Thinking Critically, Thinking Internationally, edn. Original, Wiley, Chichester, pp. 309 - 332
    • Katz I, 2003, 'Sexual Abuse in England and Wales', in Herczog M; May-Chahal C (ed.), Child Sexual Abuse in Europe, edn. Original, Council for Europe, Brussels

    Journal articles

    • Katz I, 2016, 'The Challenges of Working with People and Systems', Australian Social Work, vol. 69, pp. 257 - 259, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2016.1170170
    • Tanton R; Dare M; Brinkman S; Corti BG; Katz I; Woolcock G; Goldfeld S, 2016, 'Identifying Off-Diagonal Communities Using the Australian Early Development Census Results', Social Indicators Research, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-016-1333-2
    • Hand K; Katz I; Gray M; Bray JR, 2016, 'Welfare conditionality as a child protection tool', Family Matters, pp. 16 - 29
    • Katz I, 2015, 'Compulsory Income Management in the Northern Territory – evaluating its impact', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 50, pp. 373 - 396, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=753111562263997;res=IELHSS
    • Shang X; Katz I, 2015, 'Awareness of Child Maltreatment among Professionals in Shanghai', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 9, pp. 245 - 256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12062
    • valentine K; Katz I, 2015, 'How early is early intervention and who should get it? Contested meanings in determining thresholds for intervention', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 55, pp. 121 - 127, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.05.014
    • Shang X; Katz I, 2014, 'Missing Elements in the Protection of Children: Three Cases from China', Journal of Social Service Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2014.922522
    • Sawrikar P; Katz IB, 2014, 'Recommendations for Improving Cultural Competency When Working with Ethnic Minority Families in Child Protection Systems in Australia', Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10560-014-0334-8
    • Goldfeld S; Woolcock G; Katz I; Tanton R; Brinkman S; O'Connor E; Mathews T; Giles-Corti B, 2014, 'Neighbourhood Effects Influencing Early Childhood Development: Conceptual Model and Trial Measurement Methodologies from the Kids in Communities Study', Social Indicators Research, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11205-014-0578-x
    • Sawrikar P; Katz I, 2013, ''Normalizing the Novel': How Is Culture Addressed in Child Protection Work With Ethnic-Minority Families in Australia?', Journal of Social Service Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2013.845126
    • Katz I, 2011, 'Comment on: A Comparison of Out-of-home Care for Children and Young People in Australia and Sweden: Worlds Apart?: A Response to Healy, Lundström, and Sallnäs', Australian Social Work, vol. 64, pp. 432 - 436, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0312407X.2011.619268
    • Katz I; Redmond G, 2010, 'Review of the circumstances among children in immigrant families in Australia', Child Indicators Research, vol. 3, pp. 439 - 458, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-010-9069-z
    • Katz I; Redmond G, 2010, 'Review of the Circumstances Among Children in Immigrant Families in Australia', Child Indicators Research, pp. 1 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12187-010-9069-z
    • Katz I; Shang X; Zhang Y, 2010, 'Missing elements of a child protection system in China: the case of LX', Social Policy and Society, vol. 10, pp. 93 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746410000424
    • Muir K; Katz I; Edwards B; Gray M; Sarah W; Hayes A, 2010, 'The National Evaluation of the Communities for Children Initiative', Family Matters, vol. 84, pp. 35 - 42
    • Sawrikar P; Katz I, 2010, 'Only White people can be racist”: What does power have to do with prejudice?', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 2, pp. 80 - 98, http://utsescholarship.lib.uts.edu.au/epress/journals/index.php/mcs/article/view/1075
    • Katz I; Redmond G, 2009, 'Investment in early childhood in Australia: International comparisons and recent trends', Health Sociology Review, vol. 18, pp. 94 - 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.5172/hesr.18.1.94
    • Higgins D; Katz I, 2008, 'Enhancing service systems for protecting children: Promoting child wellbeing and child protection reform in Australia', Family Matters, vol. 80, pp. 43 - 50
    • Katz I, 2007, 'Community interventions for vulnerable children and families: participation and power', Communities, Children and Families Australia, vol. 3 (1), pp. 19 - 32
    • Katz I; Hetherington R, 2006, 'Co-operating and communicating: A European perspective on integrating services for children', Child Abuse Review, vol. 15, pp. 429 - 439, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/car.965

    Conference Papers

    • Redmond G; Wong; Bradbury B; Katz I, 2014, 'Intergenerational mobility: new evidence from LSAY data', in 22nd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’: refereed papers, NCVER, Mooloolaba, Queensland, pp. 68 - 75, presented at 22nd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’, Mooloolaba, Queensland, 10 - 12 July 2014, http://www.voced.edu.au/content/ngv63419
    • Sawrikar P; Katz I, 2009, 'How useful is the term “Culturally And Linguistically Diverse (CALD)” in the Australian social policy discourse?', in Proceedings from the ASPC, SPRC, Sydney, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 08 - 10 July 2009, https://www.aspc.unsw.edu.au/sites/www.aspc.unsw.edu.au/files/uploads/aspc_historical_conferences/2009/paper276.pdf

    Reports

    Conference Presentations

    • valentine K; Katz I; Cassells R; Duncan A; Eastman C; Shlonsky A, 2015, 'Determining the impact of child protection reforms: recent lessons from NSW, Australia', in Determining the impact of child protection reforms: recent lessons from NSW, Australia, Social Policy Association annual conference, Belfast, presented at Social Policy Association annual conference, Belfast, 06 - 08 July 2015
    • valentine K; Katz I; Cortis N; Smyth C; Cassells R; Eastman C; Shlonsky A; Duncan A, 2015, 'Determining the impact of child protection reforms: Lessons from the evaluation of Keep Them Safe', in Determining the impact of child protection reforms: Lessons from the evaluation of Keep Them Safe, Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, 28 - 30 September 2015
    • Izmir G; Katz I; Bruce J, 2009, 'Neighbourhood and Community Centres: results for children, families and communities', in Neighbourhood and Community Centres: results for children, families and communities, Longitudinal Study of Australia’s Children Conference, Sydney, presented at Longitudinal Study of Australia’s Children Conference, Sydney, 09 September 2009
    • Katz I; Shang X; Yahua Z, 2009, 'Child protection systems in rural China: interagency responses', in Child protection systems in rural China: interagency responses, Chinese Social Policy Workshop, UNSW, presented at Chinese Social Policy Workshop, UNSW, 07 July 2009
    • Katz I; Purcal C, 2009, 'Effectiveness of individualised funding approaches for disability support', in Effectiveness of individualised funding approaches for disability support, Social Policy Research Workshop, Canberra, presented at Social Policy Research Workshop, Canberra, 30 November 2009
    • Katz I; Patulny RV, 2009, 'Using indicators to evaluate community based early interventions in Australia', in Using indicators to evaluate community based early interventions in Australia, Counting Children In!, 2nd International Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, Sydney, presented at Counting Children In!, 2nd International Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, Sydney, 05 November 2009
    • Katz I, 2009, 'What do evaluations of multi-component early interventions tell us about what works for young children', in What do evaluations of multi-component early interventions tell us about what works for young children, Counting Children In!, 2nd International Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, Sydney, presented at Counting Children In!, 2nd International Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators, Sydney, 05 November 2009
    • Katz I, 2009, 'Lessons for policy and practice from the evaluation of Communities for Children', in Lessons for policy and practice from the evaluation of Communities for Children, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young People (ARACY) Conference, Melbourne, presented at the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young People (ARACY) Conference, Melbourne, 02 September 2009
    • Katz I; Redmond G, 2008, 'Migrant Children in Australia', in Migrant Children in Australia, ACWA conference, presented at ACWA conference, 18 August 2008
    • Katz I, 2008, 'Early Interventions for vulnerable children – policies, evidence and tensions', in Early Interventions for vulnerable children – policies, evidence and tensions, Politics and Policy Conference, Bristol, presented at Politics and Policy Conference, Bristol, 03 July 2008
    • Katz I, 2008, 'Why do rich children do better?', in Why do rich children do better?, Challenging Boundaries: Social Policy Association conference, Edinburgh, presented at Challenging Boundaries: Social Policy Association conference, Edinburgh, 23 - 25 June 2008
    • Katz I, 2008, 'Multi agency working in child protection – what is the evidence base?', in Multi agency working in child protection – what is the evidence base?, 1st multi agency child protection conference: Norwegian inter agency child protection forum, Stavanger, Norway, presented at 1st multi agency child protection conference: Norwegian inter agency child protection forum, Stavanger, Norway, 23 April 2008
    • Katz I, 2008, 'The role of fathers in current family policy in Australia', in The role of fathers in current family policy in Australia, ARACY Father’s Collaboration Network, Newcastle, presented at ARACY Father’s Collaboration Network, Newcastle, 18 April 2008
    • Katz I, 2008, 'Practice, policy and research in early years programs', in Practice, policy and research in early years programs, CCFNAQ, Brisbane, presented at CCFNAQ, Brisbane, 01 September 2008
    • Katz I; Shang X, 2008, 'Child Protection systems in China', in Child Protection systems in China, ISPCAN, Hong Kong, presented at ISPCAN, Hong Kong, 01 September 2008
    • Katz I, 2008, 'The role of relationships in human services', in The role of relationships in human services, Australian Psychological Society: Psychology of Relationships Interest Group, Melbourne, presented at Australian Psychological Society: Psychology of Relationships Interest Group, Melbourne, 01 October 2008
    • Katz I, 2008, 'What is Social Inclusion and how is it relevant to Australia?', in What is Social Inclusion and how is it relevant to Australia?, TasCOSS, Hobart, Tasmania, presented at TasCOSS, Hobart, Tasmania, 01 October 2008
    • Katz I, 2007, 'Resilience and Diversity in Children and families', in Resilience and Diversity in Children and families, AIHW conference, Canberra, presented at AIHW conference, Canberra, 06 December 2007
    • Katz I; Redmond G, 2007, 'Wealth as a protective factor for child outcomes', in Wealth as a protective factor for child outcomes, Longitudinal Study of Australian Children conference, Melbourne, presented at Longitudinal Study of Australian Children conference, Melbourne, 03 - 04 December 2007
    • Katz I, 2007, 'The importance of child protection to Social Policy', in The importance of child protection to Social Policy, EU/China Social Policy Forum, Beijing, presented at EU/China Social Policy Forum, Beijing, 01 September 2007
    • Katz I, 2007, 'The interface between child protection and the legal system', in The interface between child protection and the legal system, 6th Shanghai Child protection conference, Shanghai, presented at 6th Shanghai Child protection conference, Shanghai, 01 September 2007
    • Russo J; Katz I, 2007, 'Evaluation of the Stronger Family and Communities Strategy', in Evaluation of the Stronger Family and Communities Strategy, Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, UNSW, Sydney, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, UNSW, Sydney, 01 July 2007
    • Katz I; Redmond G, 2007, 'Brain Malleability and public investment in the early years', in Brain Malleability and public investment in the early years, Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, UNSW, Sydney, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, UNSW, Sydney, 01 July 2007
    • Katz I, 2006, 'Using secondary data in evaluations of community interventions', in Using secondary data in evaluations of community interventions, Australasian Evaluation Society 2006 International Conference, Evaluation in Emerging Areas, Darwin, presented at Australasian Evaluation Society 2006 International Conference, Evaluation in Emerging Areas, Darwin, 06 September 2006
    • Katz I, 2006, 'Evaluating the Stronger Families Stronger Communities strategies', in Evaluating the Stronger Families Stronger Communities strategies, Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners 1st National Conference, Sydney, presented at Australian College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners 1st National Conference, Sydney, 22 May 2006
    • Katz I, 2006, 'Evaluating early intervention', in Evaluating early intervention, National Investment for the Early Years Conference, UNSW, Sydney, presented at National Investment for the Early Years Conference, UNSW, Sydney, 09 February 2006
    • Katz I, 2005, 'Evaluation of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy', in Evaluation of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, University of New South Wales, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, University of New South Wales, 01 January 2005
    • Katz I, 2005, 'The Relationship between parenting and poverty', in The Relationship between parenting and poverty, Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, University of New South Wales, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, University of New South Wales, 01 January 2005
    • Katz I, 2005, 'Prevention and Early Intervention – the policy and the evidence base', in Prevention and Early Intervention – the policy and the evidence base, Imagining Childhood Conference, Alice Springs, presented at Imagining Childhood Conference, Alice Springs, 01 January 2005

Teaching

HDR Supervision: Ilan Katz is keen to supervise Higher Degree Research candidates with an interest in social policy, evidence based policy, Evaluation, parenting, family, child protection, mental health, youth justice, community, migration, race, culture, migration, ethnicity, social inclusion, poverty, international welfare comparison

Professor Katz currently supervises: Meredith Nirui, and Timothy Broady.

Affiliations and membership

Centre Director

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