Lorraine Thomson

Lorraine Thomson
Associate Research Fellow

Institute of Child Protection Studies

BSW (Hons) UNSW, M.Litt (Peace Studies) UNE, MSW ACU

Research Interests

  • The role and experiences of foster carers in the broader child protection system
  • What works in family support

Biography

A social worker in the fields of practice of mental health, child and family and income support, Lorraine has experience in program evaluations and has carried out a number of family support program evaluations, including the Integrated Family Support Project evaluation for the ACT Government. She has also undertaken research in a number of areas: including Good practice in placement planning;  What works in residential care; and a major research report to the Attorney-General's Department to support the development of the Family Relationships Centres and Advice Line; and the ACT Childrens Court (part of an ARC funded national project). She led the project that developed the Statement of specific child wellbeing and protection curriculum content for social work qualifying courses for the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed

2015:

Barker, J., & Thomson, L. (2015). Helpful relationships with service users: Linking social capital. Australian Social Work, 68(1), 130 - 145.

Thomson, L., McArthur, M., & Camilleri, P. (2015). Is it 'fair'? Representation of children, young people and parents in an adversarial court system. Child and Family Social Work.

2013:

Camilleri, P., Thomson, L., & McArthur, M. (2013). Needs or deeds? Child protection and youth justice in the Australian Capital Territory. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law.

Camilleri, P., Thomson, L., & McArthur, M. (2013). The Childrens Court in the Australian Capital Territory. In R. Sheehan & A. Borowski (Eds.), Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow, 7, 9-26. Springer Netherlands.

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.

2012:

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.

2011:

McArthur, M., & Thomson, L. (2011). Families' views on a coordinated family support service. Family Matters, 89.

2010:

Thomson, L., & McArthur, M. (2010). Foster Carer Experiences of Leaving Foster Care in the Australian Capital Territory. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 5(2), 48-59. 

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).

2009:

Thomson, L., & McArthur, M. (2009). Who's in our family? An application of the theory of family boundary ambiguity to the experiences of former foster carers. Adoption and Fostering Journal, 33(1) 68-79. 

2006:

McArthur, M., Zubrzycki, J., Rochester, A., & Thomson, L. (2006). 'Dad, Where are we Going to Live Now?' Exploring Fathers' Experiences of Homelessness. Australian Social Work, 59(3), 288-300. 

Research Reports

2012:

Barker, J., Humphries, P., McArthur, M., & Thomson, L. (2012). Literature Review: Effective interventions for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Barker, J., Humphries, P., McArthur, M., & Thomson, L. (2012). Reconnect: Working with young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

McArthur, M., & Thomson, L. (2012). National Analysis of Workforce Trends in Statutory Child Protection. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU. 

2011:

Camilleri, P., McArthur, M., & Thomson, L. (2011). ARC Discovery Grant Project: Challenges, possibilities and future directions: A national assessment of Australia's Children's Courts. ACT Report. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU. 

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. 

2010:

Thomson, L., McArthur, M., Butler, K., & Thomson, B. (2010). Integrated Family Support Program Outcome Evaluation. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU. 

2007:

Thomson, L., & McArthur, M. (2007). Experiences of Former Foster Carers. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

2005:

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

Practice-based Publications

2015:

Barker, J., Thomson, L., & Barry, E. (2015). The Importance of a 'Human Connection': Helpful relationships with service users and linking social capital. Research to Practice Series, Issue 9. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.