Seminar: What works for children exposed to family violence?

This seminar, held on 25 August 2017, discussed the findings of Superu's research on What Works for children exposed to family violence?. The research looks at what providers are doing, and what they and policy makers might do differently in response to what we have learned.

We've published the speakers' presentations and video footage of their talks below:

Dr Bridget Burmester, lead researcher
Powerpoint presentation


Julia Hennessy, General Manager of Family Works Central
Powerpoint presentation

Dr Ainsleigh Cribb-Su'a, senior clinical psychologist with Counties-Manukau Health
Powerpoint presentation


Panel discussion, with our three speakers and Dr Siale Foliaki, a consultant psychiatrist
with Counties-Manukau Health




More about our speakers:

Bridget Burmester
Bridget is an experienced researcher who works to improve people’s lives by increasing the use of quality evidence in decision-making. At Superu, she was the lead author on What works for children exposed to family violence?, and earlier in 2017, she completed her PhD on age-related memory difficulties. She currently works in the Ministry of Social Development’s Research & Evaluation Team, improving the availability, uptake and quality of evidence about social sector programmes.

Julia Hennessy
Julia is the General Manager of Family Works Central. She’s been a practicing social worker and senior manager in the area of children and families for more than 20 years. An experienced leader, Julia has led projects in both the UK and New Zealand. This includes the introduction of Family Group Conference and Restorative Justice practices into mainstream service delivery in the UK. She was nominated for the UK Public Servant of the Year award for this work. Julia will discuss Family Solutions – Te Ara Whanau – an evidence-based model of practice used by Family Works Central, provide an overview of the model and the experience/ outcomes that are being achieved.

Dr. Ainsleigh Cribb-Su’a (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Tamaterā)
Ainsleigh is a senior clinical psychologist who has worked clinically in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) in Counties Manukau for many years. She is currently the Mental Health and AoD lead for the South Auckland Social Investment Board and the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board for SPARX, an e-therapy tool for youth. As well, Ainsleigh is a co-investigator in the HRC-funded TrACY Study, Aotearoa's first randomised control trial of a therapeutic intervention for childhood mental health disorders. She is an academic fellow of both AUT and Canterbury University and science advisor for the National Science Challenge.

Dr Siale Foliaki
Siale is a vocationally-registered psychiatrist and has a dual fellowship with the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. For the last 10 years Siale has worked as a consultant psychiatrist with the Counties-Manukau DHB, developing various mental health services in secondary care, with a strong involvement in primary care mental health integration. He has also undertaken extensive research, the most significant being his involvement with the New Zealand Mental Health Survey Te Rau Hinengaro. Currently Siale provides the clinical leadership for Vaka Toa, the Pacific Child and Adolescent Mental Health service for Counties-Manukau.

Event date: 
25 August 2017
Event Type: 
Superu events
Last update: 9 Oct 2017