Denise Lynch

BSW, MCrim
Research Affiliate
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The University of Sydney

Denise Lynch joined the School of Social Work and Policy Studies in 1995 following some part-time work for the University. Denise worked for 13 years with the NSW Department of Community Services in service provision, middle management and senior management in the area of child protection and more broadly child welfare.

Before working at the University, Denise conducted consultancy work with a number of welfare and welfare-related areas. At the University, Denise developed undergraduate curriculum around interpersonal violence and social justice and taught in the areas of family violence, social justice and skills workshops. She also co-developed and taught postgraduate courses in supervision.

With Emerita Professor Fran Waugh, she developed curriculum in child welfare and child protection in the Masters Social Work (Qualifying). With Dr Lesley Laing, she was the first program director for this postgraduate offering.

Denise has conducted research with NSW Asylum Seekers Centre, with a grant from the Don Chipp Foundation. This research addressed the wellbeing and care of asylum seeking and refugee children in the Sydney community.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney
NSW Training Awards, Community Welfare Training (Aboriginal) Workshops

  • Member, Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Designer and instructor, in theories, policies and practices in child protection and child wellbeing training for Aboriginal staff, NSW Department of Human and Community Services.
  • Lecturer in child protection and wellbeing postgraduate units of study, Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

  • Giles, R, Irwin, R, Lynch, D and Waugh, F. (2010). In the Field: From Learning to Practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Book chapters
  • Lynch, D. (2011). "Cultural Diversity in Practice: Working with Migrants and Refugees." In Agi O'Hara and Rosalie Pockett (Eds.), Skills for Human Service Practice, Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities. (2nd ed., pp. 71–84), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  • Lynch, D. (2011). "Refugee Children, Schools and Communities: Social Inclusion in the Australian Context." In Dorothy Bottrell and Susan Goodwin (Eds.), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion Sydney: Palgrave Macmillan and University of Sydney.
  • Lynch, D. (2010). "Being a Real Mother: Adoptive Mothers' Experiences." In Susan Goodwin and Kate Huppitz (Eds.), The Good Mother, Contemporary Motherhoods in Australia (pp. 215–232), Sydney: Sydney University Press.
  • Lynch, D. (2010). "Enhancing Literacy Education for Refugee Children." In Frances Christie and Alyson Simpson (Eds.), Literacy and Social Responsibility (pp. 116–129), London: Equinox.
  • Lynch, D. (2008). "Violence and the state: asylum seeker children." In Barbara Fawcett and Fran Waugh (Eds.), Addressing Violence, Abuse and Oppression: Debates and Challenges (pp. 122–131), New York London: Routledge.
  • Lynch, D. (2006). "Cultural Diversity in Practice: Working with Migrants and Refugees." In O'Hara, A and Weber, Z (Eds.), Skills for Human Service Practice: Working with Individuals, Groups and Communities. (pp. 1–288), Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

"How do social work students learn about the complex issues of violence against women and children?", Teaching Inquiry Grant with Dr Lesley Laing.

"Womens' Experiences of Obtaining an Apprehended Violence Order.", NSW Law and Justice Foundation a research project with Dr Lesley Laing. Focus Group report has been submitted.