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. Her current research includes exploring what makes preventive family support work successful and  investigating the role of schools 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 700 Domestic Violence: Challenges and Responses

SOCCHFAM 215 Whanau Family Aiga


Postgraduate supervision

Irene supervises students working on doctoral, Master of Social Work and Master of Public Policy research, with topics in the fields of family violence, family support service provision and child protection social work.


While in the role of Principal Community Engagement Advisor at the Families Commission Irene designed and helped operationalise an out-of-school care consultation that won an international International Association for Public Participation Merit Award.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • de Haan, I., Joy, E., Beddoe, L., & Iam, S. (2019). “The tip of the iceberg”: Multiple thresholds in schools’ detecting and reporting of child abuse and neglect. Children and Youth Services Review, 96, 278-285. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.10.034
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe
  • Beddoe, L., De Haan, I., & Joy, E. (2018). ‘If you could change two things’: Social workers in schools talk about what could improve schools' responses to child abuse and neglect. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 30 (1), 45-45. 10.11157/anzswj-vol30iss1id420
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Liz Beddoe, Eileen Joy
  • de Haan, I., & Connolly, M. (2018). More Nuanced Universal Services for New Parents: Avoiding Assumptions of Homogeneity. Journal of Social Service Research10.1080/01488376.2018.1511882
  • Thorburn, N., & de Haan, I. (2017). Connecting through chaos: Escape behaviour among sex-working adolescents in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 12 (1), 32-40. 10.1080/1177083X.2016.1188133
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34028
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33589
  • 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jay Marlowe, Allen Bartley
  • Wilson, D., Smith, R., Tolmie, J., & de Haan, I. (2015). Becoming better helpers: Rethinking language to move beyond simplistic responses to women experiencing intimate partner violence. Policy Quarterly, 11 (1), 25-31.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34022
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julia Tolmie

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 502
New Zealand