Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work
The Ripple Effect: practitioners, managers and researchers changing DFV practice through the Safe & Together Model
Cathy Humphreys is Professor of Social Work at University of Melbourne. She specialises in applied research. Four projects in the past 5 years have worked with the Safe & Together Institute using practice-led, action research through facilitated multi-stakeholder workshops and Communities of Practice. This approach reflects a profound interest in knowledge translation to ensure the support of practice through research. Her research focuses on DFV and child abuse. She has a long-term interest in the intersection of DFV with other complexities including mental health and AOD. Professor Humphreys is a well published author of more than 125 journal articles. She worked at the University of Warwick for 12 years leading a domestic violence and child abuse research centre before returning to Australia in 2006. For 15 years she worked as a social worker.
Hon Leanne Linard, Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Queensland Government
Address from Minister
Leanne Linard is the Queensland Member of Parliament for Nudgee on Brisbane's northside, and is the Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs.
She has lived in the Nudgee Electorate for most of her life and, along with her husband Ian, is raising her two young boys in Nudgee.
As the daughter of a RAAF pilot and engineer, Leanne spent her early years growing up in a Defence Force family and learned the values of community service.
Leanne has previously held community roles, including Co-Chair and Patron of Upbeat Arts, was a member of the Australian Catholic University Brisbane Community Chapter, and was a former board member with Bravehearts, Brisbane Roar FC and Nundah Activity Centre.
She was first elected as the Member for Nudgee in 2015, was re-elected in 2017 and again in 2020.
Prior to being appointed Minister for Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs in November 2020, Leanne served as Parliamentary Chair of several portfolio committees between 2015 and 2020, including child safety.
Prior to entering Parliament, Leanne worked as the Executive Officer of a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, as a policy advisor in the Queensland Government, and as a private sector manager.
She holds a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology, and a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.
Emma Rees, PhD student, Queensland University of Technology
“Safe and Together” – a perpetrator pattern based framework that offers transformational learning to improve practice and responses to Child Sexual Exploitation
Emma Rees is an early career researcher and an experienced child protection, social work practitioner currently undertaking a PhD with QUT’s School of Public Health and Social Work. Emma’s critical reflective practice in social work has enabled her to embrace research as a means of improving social work practice. Emma’s current research interests centre upon expanding the knowledge base in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation in Queensland using feminist, qualitative methods to undertake an analysis of the needs of a particular service user group to plan for improved service delivery.