Dr Susan Tregeagle

PhD(UWS), BSocStud(Sydney), GradDip(UTS)

Adjunct Senior Lecturer


Phone: (02) 6161  6264

Fax: (02) 9281  0441

Building.Room: A35.

Professional biography

Susan is Senior Manager Barnardos Australia ‘Research and Advocacy’. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Sydney’s  Institute of Open Adoption Studies. Current research work is on the four year project: Australian Open Adoption Outcomes study.

‘Research and Advocacy’ within Barnardos Australia works to ensure quality of professional interventions in the lives of children and young people. Barnardos is Australia’s foremost out-of-home care agency has a reputation of quality and innovation. Susan keeps the agency abreast of international research so that practice is evidence informed and  evaluates programs and outcomes for children and young people.

Research interests include:

  • Open adoption

  • Technology in child welfare
  • Foster care
  • Kin care
  • Early intervention
  • Secondary welfare services
  • Residential care
  • Impact of open adoption
  • Prevention of out-of-home care

Teaching commitments involve supervising social work student placements.

Susan regularly speaks at conferences and to government departments. She was a Foundation Board Member of Families Australia, a national group representing children and family welfare agencies at the Federal Government level. Susan has written extensively for practitioners’ training  including five editions of a social work text book and Barnardos Practice Papers which are useable guides to welfare decision making and management.

Professional and community roles

  • Senior Manager Research and Advocacy, Barnardos Australia

Selected publications


  • Tregeagle, S. (2010). Harnessing Information and Communication Technology in Child Welfare: The redevelopment of the Looking After Children and family support case management. Lambert Academic Publishing.

Book chapters

  • Tregeagle, S. (2018). Out-of-home care: Prevention and placement strategies. In S. Rice, A. Day & L. Briskman (Ed.), Social work in the shadow of the law (5th ed.,), Leichhardt: Federation Press.
  • Tregeagle, S. and L. Voigt. (2014). Out of Home Care: The ongoing challenge for legal and social systems to affect children's welfare. In , The Shadow of the Law (4th ed., pp. 288–304), Sydney: Federation Press.
  • Fernandez, E., Morwitzer, J., Cheers, D., and S. Tregeagle. (2011). Guided Practice in Australia: Research, Implementation, and Child and Family Perspectives on Looking After Children and the Assessment Framework. In Kathleen Kufeldt and Brad McKenzie (Eds.), Connecting Research, Policy and Practice Child Welfare (pp. 487–500), Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press.
  • Tregeagle, S. and L. Voigt. (2009). Out of Home Care: Addressing the Support Needs of Vulnerable Children. In Swain, P. and S. Rice (Eds.), In the Shadow of the Law (3rd ed., pp. 177–191), Sydney: The Federation Press.

Journal articles

  • Tregeagle, S., Moggach, L., Trivedi, H. & Ward, H. (2019). Previous life experiences and the vulnerability of children adopted from out-of-home care: The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences and child welfare decision-making. Children and Youth Services Review, 96, 55–63. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.11.028
  • Luu, B., de Rosnay, M., Wright, A., & Tregeagle, S. (2018). Identity formation in children and young people in open adoptions from out-of-home-care in New South Wales, Australia. Adoption Quarterly, 21(2), 120–139. DOI:10.1080/10926755.2018.1468371
  • Tregeagle, S. (2017). Weighing up the evidence and local experience of residential care. Children Australia, 42(4), 240–247. DOI:10.1017/cha.2017.36
  • Tregeagle, S. & Cheers, D. (2016). Searching for truths in the debate about adoption from care (book review). Children Australia. DOI:10.1017/cha.2016.14
  • Tregeagle, S. (2016). Heads in the cloud: An example of practice-based information and communication technology in child welfare. Journal of Technology in Human Services , 34(2), 224–239. DOI:10.1080/15228835.2016.1177479
  • Tracey, D., Craven, R., Yeung, A., Tregeagle, S., Burnstein, J. & Stanley, H. . (2016). A place to learn: Cultivating engaging learning environments for young rural Aboriginal Australians. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 20(6), 641–658. DOI:10.1080/13603116.2015.1102341
  • Tregeagle, S. (2016). Barnardos Australia. International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 3(2), 37–38.
  • Grace, R., Bowes, J., McKay-Tempest, J., Burnstein, J., & Tregeagle, S. (2016). Early parenting education to strengthen Aboriginal parents in a remote area: The development and piloting of a group programme. Children Australia, 41(4), 249–257. DOI:10.1017/cha.2016.30
  • Tregeagle, S., Moggach, L., Cox, E. and L. Voigt. (2014). A pathway from long term care to adoption: Findings on an Australian permanency program. British Association of Adoption and Fostering , 38(2), 115–130.
  • Tregeagle, S., and L. Voigt. (2014). Overcoming the pain of never belonging: The case for open adoption for severely abused and neglected children. Australian Journal of Adoption (online) , 8(1), 1–15.
  • Tregeagle, S. and E. Johnstone. (2013). Participation of children and young people in decision making in out of home care . Developing Practice, 36(Spring), 83–92.
  • Tregeagle, S., Moggach, L., and E. Cox. (2013). When restoration fails: An analysis of ten years findings on permanency for children through open adoption in NSW . Developing Practice, 35(Winter), 4–13.
  • Tregeagle, S. and L. Voigt. (2012). What intensity of service is needed to prevent children's entry to care: Addressing the pressures on early intervention and prevention services. Developing Practice, 34, 31–42.
  • Tregeagle, S., Cox, E., and L. Moggach. (2012). Are we adequately considering children's rights to a family? The importance of open adoption to young people in long term care. Developing Practice, 31, 64–69.
  • Tregeagle, S. and R. Hamill. (2011). Can stability in out of home care be improved? An analysis of unplanned and planned placement changes in foster care. Children Australia, 36(2), 74–80.
  • Tregeagle, S., L. Cox, et al. (2011). Worker time and the cost of stability. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1149–1158.
  • Tregeagle, S. (2011). A challenge to child welfare professionals: Using communication technologies with children and young people. CW360, Spring, 24–25.
  • Forbes, C., C. O'Neill, et al. (2011). Foster care and adoption: Carer/parent hours over and above ordinary parenting. Children Australia, 36(2), 56–65.
  • O'Neill, C., S. Tregeagle, et al. (2011). Research Report Summary: The cost of support for stable foster care and adoption placements. Developing Practice, 28, 28–57.
  • Tregeagle, S. (2010). Red Tape or Gold Standard? Australia service users' experiences of child welfare case management. Australian Journal of Social Work, 63(3), 299–314.
  • Tregeagle, S. (2010). Participation in Child Welfare Services Through Information and Communication Technologies. International Journal Information and Communication Technology in Human Development, 2, 17–33.
  • Tregeagle, S. and M. Darcy. (2009). Child Welfare and Information and Communication Technology: Today's Challenge. British Journal of social Work.
  • Tregeagle, S. and J. Mason. (2008). Service user experience of participation in child welfare case management. Child & Family Social Work, 13(4), 391–401.