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Dr Marilyn McHugh

Research Fellow
BSW Syd. PhD UNSW
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7829
+61 2 9385 7838
201 Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy

Marilyn McHugh gained a BSW (first class honours) from Sydney University and a PhD from UNSW. She has conducted numerous research studies, with foster and kinship carers, for state and national government departments and for non-government agencies.

Her most recent projects include:

  1. Projected Downstream Savings to Government: Foster Care Integrated Model (2013) for Berry Street, Victoria;
  2. (with A. Pell) Foster Care Integrated Funding Model (2013); for Berry Street, Victoria
  3. An Exploratory Study of Stability in Foster & Kinship Care in NSW (2013) SPRC, UNSW; and,
  4. (with Brennan, D., Cass, B., Flaxman, S., Hill, T., Jenkins, B., Purcal, C. & valentine, k.) Grandparents raising grandchildren: Towards recognition, respect and reward (2013) SPRC, UNSW.

Marilyn is the Patron of the Australian Foster and Kinship Carer Partnership and is a member of Reference/Working Groups related to projects on OOHC and budget standards research. She has been a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous national and international Conferences/Forums.

Publications

    Books

    • Siminski P;Chalmers J;McHugh M, 2005, Foster carers in New South Wales Profile and projections based on ABS Census data, 3, CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1035077200010786
    • Mchugh MH, 1999, The costs of children: budget standards estimates and the child support scheme SPRC discussion paper no 103m, Original, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
    • Saunders PG;Chalmers JJ;Mchugh MH;Murray CL;Bittman MP;Bradbury BW, 1998, The development of indicative budget standards for Australia, Original, Department of Social Security, Canberra

    Book Chapters

    • McHugh M;Hayden P, 2013, 'Australia and New Zealand: Assessing parenting capacity in kinship care', in Inside kinship care: Understanding family dynamics and providing effective support, edn. 1st, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, United Kingdom, http://www.jkp.com/
    • McHugh MH, 2012, 'Costs and consequences for carers of vulnerable children in Australia', in Mayers D; Thomson M (ed.), The Costs of Children, edn. 1st, Edward Elgar, UK, pp. 221 - 249
    • Mchugh MH, 1999, 'Indicators for different purposes: budget standards, the costs of children and the costs of foster care', in Made to measure: counting and costing in human services, edn. Original, Council of Social Services of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 11 - 24

    Journal articles

    • McHugh M, 2015, 'New South Wales intensive foster care program survey findings', Developing Practice: The Child Youth and Family Work Journal, pp. 17 - 32
    • McHugh M, 2011, 'A Review of Foster Carer Allowances: Responding to Recommendation 16.9 of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection (NSW)', CHILDREN AUSTRALIA, vol. 36, pp. 18 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1375/jcas.36.1.18
    • Humphreys C;Harries M;Healy K;Lonne B;Mendes P;McHugh MH;Sheenan R, 2009, 'Shifting the child protection juggernaut to earlier intervention', Children Australia, vol. 34, pp. 5 - 9
    • Mchugh MH, 2007, 'Indirect costs of fostering and their impact on carers', Communities, Children and Families Australia, vol. 2 (1), pp. 73 - 85
    • Smyth C;Mchugh MH, 2006, 'Exploring the dimensions of professional fostering: carers` perceptions of their fostering role', Children Australia, vol. 31 (1), pp. 12 - 20
    • Siminski P;Chalmers JJ;Mchugh MH, 2005, 'Foster carers in New South Wales: profile and projections based on ABS Census data', Children Australia, vol. 30, pp. 17 - 24
    • Mchugh MH, 2003, 'A further perspective on kinship foster care', Developing Practice, vol. 8, pp. 14 - 29

    Conference Papers

    • McHugh MH, 2011, 'Overview of current Australian kinship care research: Situating Victoria in the national context', in Overview of current Australian kinship care research: Situating Victoria in the national context, pp. 1 - 18, 01 January 2011
    • Mchugh MH, 2010, 'Overview of current Australian Kinship Care Research: Situating Victoria in the national context', in Overview of current Australian Kinship Care Research: Situating Victoria in the national context, Victorian Kinship Care Forum, Monee Ponds, Melbourne, pp. 1 - 18, presented at Victorian Kinship Care Forum, Monee Ponds, Melbourne, 08 October 2010
    • Smyth C;Mchugh MH, 2005, 'Exploring the dimensions of professionalising fostering: Carers’ perceptions of their fostering role', in Exploring the dimensions of professionalising fostering: Carers’ perceptions of their fostering role, 9th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, presented at 9th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 09 - 11 February 2005

    Reports

    Conference Presentations

    • McHugh MH;Hayden P, 2011, 'Elements of a Framework of Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statutory Kinship Care', presented at ACWA Conference, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 02 - 04 August 2010
    • McHugh MH, 2011, 'Levels of Subsidies for all States & Territories and Foster Care Estimates 2000-2009', presented at Australian Kinship and Foster Care Partnership Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 27 - 29 August 2011
    • Mchugh MH;Hayden P, 2010, 'Elements of a Framework of Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statutory Kinship Care', presented at SNAICC Conference, Alice Springs, 27 - 29 July 2010
    • Mchugh MH, 2010, 'Levels of Subsidies for all States & Territories and Foster Care Estimates 2000-2009', presented at National Foster Care Conference, Hobart, Tasmania, 27 - 29 August 2010
    • McHugh MH, 2010, 'Out-of-Home Care Policy & Practice Australia: Getting it Right for Statutory Kinship Carers’,', presented at Canadian Webinar for PART (Practice and research Together) Forum, Toronto Canada, 17 March 2010

Teaching and Supervision

HDR Supervision: Child protection, children's' services, foster care costs and kinship care. Marilyn McHugh is currently co-supervising Timothy Broady with Professor Katz.

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