Dr Gail Winkworth

Gail Winkworth
Adjunct Professor

Institute of Child Protection Studies

BSW (Hons) UNSW; DSW (USYD) PSM
Phone: 0434 665 806
Email: gail.winkworth@acu.edu.au

Areas of Expertise

  • Child centred practice in statutory Child Welfare, Family Support, Family Court and Family Relationship Services
  • Partnerships to improve the way services work with children, families and communities
  • Disaster recovery and integrated approaches to assisting affected people and communities
  • Reviewer for a number of peer reviewed journals

Biography

Dr Gail Winkworth was Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Child Protection Studies between 2005 and 2011, and was the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Communities, Children and Families Australia. With her combination of practice, policy, administrative and academic experience, Gail is an adjunct professor of the ACU, with a continuing role in research, publishing and teaching.

Gail is a practicing social worker with children and families, and her special expertise is in collaboration and integration across service delivery systems to assist children, families and local communities.
Gail led child and family welfare programs in both NSW and the ACT, including statutory Child Protection, Adoption, Out of Home Care, Family Support and the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. In 2000 she was awarded the Public Service Medal for the implementation of mandatory reporting in the ACT and for the development of innovative programs for disadvantaged children and families.

As a researcher at the Institute of Child Protection Studies since its commencement in 2005 Gail has been a major contributor to practice and research in the areas of 'child centred' and 'collaborative' approaches to children's safety and wellbeing. In recent years her work has involved program design and evaluation in child protection, early childhood services, family relationships and disaster recovery. Gail works in a range of professional consultancies and is a family consultant for the Family Court of Australia.

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2016). What do we know about the social networks of single parents who do not use supportive services? Child and Family Social Work.

McArthur, M., Thomson, L., & Winkworth, G. (2013). Jumping through hoops - the cost of compliance on sole parents. Child & Family Social Work, 18(2), 159-167.

McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2013). Powerful evidence: Changing policy and practice through research. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, 35, 41-53.

McArthur, M. & Winkworth, G. (2013). The hopes and dreams of Australian young mothers in receipt of income support. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 7(1), 47-62.

Butler, K., McArthur, M., Thomson, L., & Winkworth, G. (2012). Vulnerable Families' Use of Services: Getting What They Need. Australian Social Work, 65(4), 575-581.

Winkworth, G., & White, M. (2011). Australia's Children 'Safe and Well'? Collaboration with purpose across Commonwealth Family Relationship and State Child Protection Systems. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70(1), 1 – 113.

McArthur, M., Winkworth, G. (2010). Step by Step: Working Together to Increase the Safety and Life Chances of Children Whose Parents Misuse Substances. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 5(1), 46-59.

Winkworth, G., McArthur, M., Layton, M., Thomson, L., & Wilson, F. (2010). Opportunities Lost - Why Some Parents of Young Children Are Not Well-Connected to the Service Systems Designed to Assist Them. Australian Social Work, 63(4).

Winkworth, G., McArthur, M., Layton, M., & Thomson, L. (2010). Someone to check in one me: Social capital, social support and vulnerable parents with very young children in the Australian Capital Territory. Child & Family Social Work, 15, 206-215.

Winkworth, G., & White, M. (2010). May Do, Should Do, Can Do: Collaboration between Commonwealth and State Service Systems for Vulnerable Children. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 5(1), 5-20.

Winkworth, G., Healy, C., Woodward, M., & Camilleri, P. (2009). Community capacity building: Learning from the 2003 bushfires. Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 24(2), 5-12.

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2009). A practice framework to guide screening and assessment in the Australia Family Relationship Centres and Advice Line. Child & Family Social Work,14(4), 410-419.

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2008). Back to schools: human service workers increasing opportunities for early intervention and social inclusion from the school base. Children Australia, 33(4), 5-12.

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2007). Collaboration and Systems of Support for Vulnerable Children and Their Families: Improving the Interface between Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Interventions. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 3(1), 44-54.

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2006). Being 'child centred' in child protection. What does it mean? Children Australia, 31(4).

Winkworth, G. (2005). Partnering the Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla: Centrelink Working Locally to Create Opportunities for Participation. Australian Journal Public Administration, 64(3).

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2005). Breaking into Schools: Creating High Quality Human Services in Educational Contexts. Children Australia, 30(1).

Winkworth, G., & Todorova, E. (2004). Centrelink and Social Entrepreneurism in Local Communities. New Community Quarterly, 2(3).

Winkworth, G. (2003). Putting Children's Services First: A Call for Universal Children's Services to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect in Australia. Children Australia, 28(1).

Book chapters

White, M., & Winkworth, G. (2012). Improving Child and Family Outcomes through a Collaborative Service Model. In P. Noller & G.C. Karantzas (eds) The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couples and Family Relationships, First Edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Winkworth, G. (2012). Collaborating with Purpose: A Framework for Evaluating Progress towards Successful. Long lasting Partnerships in Child and Family Services. In T. Blakemore, P. Crofts, M. Esler, J. Evans, J. Geggie, T. Kerr, & J. St George (eds). Outreach and Integration in Family Services: Enhancing the capacity of the NGO Sector - Colloquium Report, 2011, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia.

Research reports

White, M., & Winkworth, G. (2012). A Rubric for Building Effective Collaboration: Creating and Sustaining Multi Service Partnerships to Improve Outcomes for Clients – Concepts Paper and Full Rubric, ISBN 978-0-9873564-0-6.

McArthur, M., Thomson, L., Woodward, M., Barker, J., Layton, M., & Winkworth, G. (2011). Evaluation of the Supporting Children After Separation Program and the Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Program. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G., & White, M. (2011). Report to the ACT Human Rights Commission on Structures and Organisational Arrangements to Support Reform in ACT Youth Justice, Canberra.

Butler, K., McArthur, M., Winkworth, G., Thomson, B., & Crowe, R. (2010). Experiences and Aspirations of Younger Mothers. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Butler, K., White, M., Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2010). Evaluation Framework: ACT Early Childhood Schools Initiative. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Butler, K., McArthur, M., Winkworth, G., Saunders, V., Layton-Thompson, M., Conroy, S., Crowe, R., & Rollins, W. (2009). Getting what we need: Families' experiences of services. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G., & Butler, K. (2009). A report on the progress of 'Protecting Australia's Children' Panel - a project to increase collaboration between ACT Housing, ACT Child Protection Services and ACT Community Service Providers. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G., & Healy, C. (2009). Victorian Community Linkages Project: Increasing collaboration between State and Commonwealth service systems to improve the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children in the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula and Wodonga. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G., & Layton-Thompson, M. (2009). Working in the Grey: Increasing Collaboration between services in Inner North Canberra – A Communities for Children Project. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2008). Murray Darling Basin Initiative Focused Literature Review. Canberra: Australian Government.

Camilleri, P., Healy, C., Macdonald, E., Nicholls, S., Sykes, J., Winkworth, G., & Woodward, M. (2007). Recovering from the 2003 Canberra bushfire: A work in progress. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Healy, C., McArthur, M., Smith, G., & Winkworth, G. (2007). Evaluation Framework: Australian Government Disaster Assistance Package. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Thomson, L., McArthur, M., Winkworth, G., Saunders, V., & Evans, L. (2007). Evaluation of 'Families Together' Program. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G. (2007). Disaster Recovery, a Review of the Literature. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Crowe, R., Coburn, K., McArthur, M., Moore, T., Saunders, V., Thomson, L., & Winkworth, G. (2006). Vulnerable Children and Risk in the ACT. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2006). Family Group Conferencing. Scoping Paper. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G., Layton-Thompson, M., Noble-Carr, D., & McArthur, M. (2006). A report on the multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of student services: ACT Department of Education and Training. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2006). Framework for Screening, Assessment and Referrals in Family Relationship Centres and the Family Relationship Advice Line. Canberra: Australian Government.

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2006). Principles for Child-Centred Practice: Timely, developmentally appropriate, participatory and collaborative. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Richmond, G., McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2005). Workforce Planning in the ACT Care and Protection System. Issues Paper. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Saunders, V., McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2005). Screening of People Working with Children and Young People. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Thomson, L., McArthur, M., Winkworth, G. (2005). Good Practice for Placement Planning. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Thomson, L., McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2005). What works in residential care? A review of the literature. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G. (2005). Public Officials and Collaboration: Centrelink and the creation of pathways to employment. In M. Pawari (ed), Capacity Building for Participation: Social Workers Thoughts and Reflections, Community of Scholars, Charles Sturt University.

Woodward, M., McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2005). Evaluation of the Schools as Communities Program in the ACT. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Memberships and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Participates in a number of government and non government practice, policy and research forums, including the Commonwealth Child Support Stakeholder Engagement Group, the Protecting & Nurturing Children: Building Capacity Building Bridges National Steering Committee, the Barnardos MyStory Reference Group, The ACT Family Law Pathways Network