Marilyn McHugh

Honorary Lecturer

 

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.

 

Books
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Siminski P; Chalmers JJ; Mchugh MH, 2005, Foster carers in New South Wales: profiles and projections based on ABS data, 3, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, UNSW, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1035077200010786
2005
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
1999
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
1998
Book Chapters
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McHugh M; Millar J, 2013, 'Single mothers in Australia: Supporting mothers to seek work', in Single Mothers In International Context: Mothers Or Workers?, pp. 149 - 178
2013
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/
2013
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
2012
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
1999
Conference Papers
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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
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
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 February 2005 - 11 February 2005
2005
Conference Presentations
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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 August 2011 - 29 August 2011
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 July 2010 - 29 July 2010
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 August 2010 - 29 August 2010
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
2010
McHugh MH; Hayden P, 2010, 'Elements of a Framework of Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statutory Kinship Care', presented at ACWA Conference, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 02 August 2010 - 04 August 2010
2010
Smyth C; McHugh M, 2005, 'Exploring the dimensions of professionalising fostering: Carers’ perceptions of their fostering role', presented at Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 09 February 2005 - 11 February 2005
2005
Journal articles
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McHugh M, 2015, 'New South Wales intensive foster care program survey findings', Developing Practice: The Child Youth and Family Work Journal, pp. 17 - 32
2015
McHugh MH, 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
2011
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
2009
Mchugh MH, 2007, 'Indirect costs of fostering and their impact on carers', Communities, Children and Families Australia, vol. 2 (1), pp. 73 - 85
2007
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
2006
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
2005
Mchugh MH, 2003, 'A further perspective on kinship foster care', Developing Practice, vol. 8, pp. 14 - 29
2003
Reports
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Walsh P; McHugh M; Blunden H; Katz I, 2018, Literature Review: Factors Influencing the Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care, NSW Family and Community Services, Sydney, Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study, Report Number 6
2018
Walsh P; McHugh M; Blunden H; Katz I, 2018, Literature Review: Factors Influencing the Outcomes of Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care, NSW Family and Community Services, Sydney, Report Number 6, https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/download?file=656569
2018
McHugh M, 2014, Victoria's Declining FosterCare Allowances: A Comparative Analysis, SPRC, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 18/2014
2014
Brennan D; Cass B; Flaxman S; Hill T; Jenkins B; McHugh M; Purcal C; valentine K, 2013, Grandparents raising grandchildren: towards recognition, respect and reward, 14/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Grandparents_Raising_Garndchildren__Towards_Recognition_Respect_and_Reward.pdf
2013
McHugh M, 2013, An exploratory study of risks to stability in foster and kinship care in NSW - final report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 19/2013, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/1_Exploratory_study_of_risks_to_stability_in_foster_and_kinship_care_in_NSW_Final_Report.pdf
2013
valentine K; Adamson E; Bromfield L; Edwards B; Hilferty F; Katz I; McHugh MH; Gray M; Mcdonald M, 2011, Keep Them Safe evaluation framework: Final report. Report for: the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Social Policy Research Centre and Australian Institute of Family Studies, Sydney and Melbourne, http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/125144/Keep_Them_Safe_Evaluation_Framework_Volume_1.pdf
2011
McHugh MH; valentine K, 2010, Financial and Non-Financial Support to Formal and Informal Out of Home Carers, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Reports, 3/11, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report3_2011.pdf
2010
Tannous KW; Hilferty F; Griffiths MJ; Mchugh MH, 2009, Brighter Futures Early Intervention Program: Interim evaluation, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 11/2009, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/
2009
Mchugh MH; McNab JW; Smyth C; Chalmers JJ; Siminski P; Saunders PG, 2004, The Availability of Foster Carers, Final Report, with ? Prepared for NSW Department of Community Services, May 2004
2004
Fisher KR; McHugh ; Thomson , 2000, The link between children's services and child protection (final report), 1/2000
2000

Dr McHugh's recent research projects have focused on child welfare areas specifically foster and kinship care and early intervention programs for vulnerable families (Brighter Futures and Keeping Them Safe). Her research on foster care began with a two-year study (2000-2002), examining the costs of caring: ‘A study of Appropriate Foster Care Payments for Stable and Adequate Out-of-Home Care in Australia’.

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