Mason, Jan

Western Sydney University


Jan Mason is Professor Emerita of Social Work, in the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University (Australia). She was founding director and then a member of the UWS Social Justice and Social Change Research Centre. Jan’s employment prior to her university career was in various practice and management positions in the (then) NSW Child Welfare Department (later, NSW Department of Community Services). This work informed her areas of concern as an academic. Her academic work focuses on linking theory, policy and practice on children’s issues, in areas of child welfare and protection, child and family policy, child-adult relations, children's needs in care, kinship care, child well-being and researching with children.