Dr Irene Anne De Haan

PhD, MA (Hons), MSW Applied (Hons)


Irene is a registered social worker. Her previous roles include Senior Advisor at the Office of the Chief Social Worker, Principal Community Engagement Advisor at the Families Commission and Manager of Homebuilders Family Centre in Warkworth, a non-profit sector organisation whose staff provide parenting education, advocacy, home-based social work support and counselling for children and young people. Currently Irene is involved in regional family violence death reviews undertaken for the Family Violence Death Review Committee.

Research | Current

Irene’s research focusses on the promotion of child and family well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. Her doctoral research used narrative inquiry to explore support for families in transition to parenthood. Currently she is involved in research about the role of teachers in preventing child maltreatment.

View Irene's Google Scholar profile here

Teaching | Current

SOCCHFAM 734 Issues in Child Welfare and Protection

SOCWORK 723 Social Work in the New Zealand Context

SOCCHFAM 314 Child Protection Practice

SOCCHFAM 700 Domestic Violence: Challenges and Responses

SOCWORK 213 Social Work Practice Skills


While in the role of Principal Community Engagement Advisor at the Families Commission, Irene designed an out-of-school care consultation that won an international award

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • De Haan, I., & Connolly, M. (2017). Anticipating risk: Predictive risk modelling as a signal of adversity. In M. Connolly (Ed.) Beyond the risk paradigm in child protection. London: Macmillan Education, Palgrave. Related URL.
  • Sen, R., & De Haan, I. A. (2017). Empowering communities through the use of Family Group Conferences?. Paper presented at ACDA & IACD Community Development Conference 2017 ; Sustainably yours, Community Development and a sustainable just future, Mount Albert, Auckland, NZ. 15 February - 17 February 2017. Related URL.
  • Connolly, M., de Haan, I., & Crawford, J. (2017). Focus on stability: A cohort of young children in statutory care in Aotearoa New Zealand. International Social Work, 60 (1), 111-125. 10.1177/0020872814554855
  • Thorburn, N., & de Haan, I. (2016). Connecting through chaos: escape behaviour among sex-working adolescents in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 1-9. 10.1080/1177083X.2016.1188133
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Natalie Thorburn
  • De Haan, I. (2016). Supporting transition to parenthood in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Review, 28 (3), 4-14. 10.11157/anzswj-vol28iss3id243
  • Sampson, J., Marlowe, J., De Haan, I., & Bartley, A. (2016). Resettlement journeys: A pathway to success? An analysis of the experiences of young people from refugee backgrounds in Aotearoa New Zealand’s education system. New Zealand Sociology, 31 (1), 31-48. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jay Marlowe, Allen Bartley
  • De Haan, I. A. (2016). Steps in the right direction: Policy and practice responses to family violence. In J. Maidment, L. Beddoe (Eds.) Social policy for social work and human services in Aotearoa New Zealand: Diverse perspectives (pp. 194-207). Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. Related URL.
  • Wilson, D., Smith, R., Tolmie, J., & De Haan, I. A. (2015). Becoming better helpers: Rethinking language to move beyond simplistic responses to women experiencing intimate partner violence. Policy Quarterly, 11 (1), 25-31. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Tolmie

Contact details

Primary location

Level 5, Room 502
New Zealand