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. (2016). Supporting transition to parenthood in Aotearoa New Zealand. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28 (3), 4-4. 10.11157/anzswj-vol28iss3id243
  • 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
  • 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.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jay Marlowe
  • 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
  • Blank, A., Cram, F., Dare, T., de Haan, I. A., Smith, B., & Vaithianathan, R. (2015). Ethical issues for Māori in predictive risk modelling to identify new-born children who are at high risk of future maltreatment. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tim Dare
  • Thorburn, N. J., & de Haan, I. (2015). Children and survival sex: a social work agenda. Aotearoa Social Work Review, 26 (4), 14-21. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Natalie Thorburn
  • de Haan, I., & Connolly, M. (2014). Another Pandora's box? Some pros and cons of predictive risk modeling. CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW, 47, 86-91. 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.07.016
  • Fouche, C., Beddoe, L., Bartley, A., & de Haan, I. (2014). Enduring Professional Dislocation: Migrant Social Workers' Perceptions of Their Professional Roles. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (7), 2004-2022. 10.1093/bjsw/bct054
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30147
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Allen Bartley, Christa Fouche, Liz Beddoe

Contact details

Primary location

Level 5, Room 502
New Zealand