Academia and Government
I started working at the University of Canterbury as an academic in 1990. It was a very supportive scholarly environment where I was able to use my professional child welfare social work experience in my research and teaching. It was where I wrote my first books and where I established my academic career. I worked as the head of social work and founding director of the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. In 2005 I left my Associate Professor position to take up the senior executive role of Chief Social Worker in the New Zealand government where I provided advice in my specialist area of child welfare.