Senior Lecturer, Social Work
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Shelley Turner is a Senior Lecturer and Early Career Researcher in Social Work in the School of Primary and Allied Health Care at Monash University. Shelley currently teaches and researches in social work and criminology. Prior to commencing her academic career in 2015, she worked for more than 15 years in direct practice, clinical management and senior executive policy officer and project roles in youth justice in New South Wales and Victoria. She was the clinical manager of Australia's first Youth Drug and Alcohol Court (YDAC) program; Acting Director, Programs Branch, Juvenile Justice NSW; Chair of the Juvenile Justice NSW state-wide Procedures Review Committee and Young Women’s Advisory Committee (YWAC); and member of the Keep Them Safe (KTS) Senior Officers Group (SOG). Shelley also has more than 10 years' experience as a contract researcher and consultant to organisations in the criminal justice and community services sectors.
Shelley's PhD research examines how youth justice clients understand and experience case management, from their own perspectives. It is one of very few studies in Australia and internationally to focus on case management in youth justice, and to prioritise the voices and experiences of young people in this context. The study confirms the importance of hearing directly from young people in youth justice and the need for further critical examination and clarification of the meaning and application of case management in youth justice policy and practice. Shelley's thesis was published on Bridges on 17 September 2019; and is in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
Shelley’s current research projects focus on supporting students to deal with aggressive behaviours on field placement, criminal justice knowledge co-production, youth justice case management, and after-hours youth bail and remand decision-making. Shelley is also leading a national study in collaboration with RMIT Social Work and the National Field Education Network to explore the impacts of COVID-19 on university students and educators involved in social work field education. The project is funded by a grant from the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN).
SWM5120 - Criminology and social work
SWM5113 - Critical social work 3: Group work and social work leadership
SWK4120 - Social welfare and practice with communities
SWM5101 - Human rights, law and ethics contexts for social work practice
SWM5170 - Applied research study
SWM5102 - Critical social work 1: Frameworks for practice with children and families
SWM5003 - Planning for supervised professional practice placement 1
SWM5103 - Supervised professional practice 1
SWM5008 - Planning for supervised professional practice placement 2
SWM5108 - Supervised professional practice 2
Accepting PhD students - https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/shelley-turner
Youth Justice, Community Corrections, Case Management, Forensic and Statutory Social Work, Work Integrated Learning, Knowledge Co-production
Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) (2020-21) Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Research Grant $10,000: COVID-19 and accredited WIL in Australian social work: identifying impacts, innovation and opportunities. This study examines the impacts and future implication of COVID-19 on WIL in social work, from the perspectives of university educators and students. Findings will provide a national snapshot of their experiences, highlighting challenges and innovative responses for improving student wellbeing and equity of access to WIL, as well as scalable and sustainable models of WIL for social work and related accredited disciplines.
Monash University, Faculty of Arts / Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Interfaculty Seeding Grant Scheme (2019-20) $25,000: Factors informing and influencing after-hours youth bail and remand decision-making. Minimising unnecessary detention of children is a key obligation of Australian youth justice systems, yet youth remand rates are dramatically increasing. Victorian data demonstrates that the majority of children are remanded after hours, however there is a dearth of evidence around bail and remand decision-making in these contexts. This study, undertaken in partnership with Victorian Youth Justice, is the first in Australia to focus on the issue of after-hours youth bail and remand decision-making.
Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Primary and Allied Health Care (SPAHC) Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme (2019) $5,000: An online learning module to help minimise aggression towards students during the clinical placement. Collaborative study with Physiotherapy, Eastern Health Clinical School, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, and Social Work.
Monash University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Primary and Allied Health Care (SPAHC) Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme (2019) $20,000: Randomised controlled trial evaluating a basis aggression management module. Collaborative study with Physiotherapy, Eastern Health Clinical School, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, and Social Work.
Hodge, L, Oke, N, McIntyre, H & Turner, S (2020) ‘Lengthy unpaid placements in social work: exploring the impacts on student wellbeing’, Journal of Social Work Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2020.1736542.
Evans, P, Turner, S & Trotter, C 2012, ‘The effectiveness of family and relationship therapy: a review of the literature’, Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia, pp.1-35.
Turner, S 2011, ‘The New South Wales Youth Drug and Alcohol Court Program – a decade of development’, Monash University Law Review, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp.280-297.
Baidawi, S, Turner, S, Trotter, S, Browning, C, Collier, P, O’Connor, D, & Sheehan, R 2011, ‘Older prisoners – a challenge for Australian corrections’, Trends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice, No. 426, pp.1-8.
Turner, S & Trotter, C 2016, Best practice principles for the operation of community service schemes: a systematic review of the literature, Corrections Victoria, Melbourne: Department of Justice. Available at: http://www.corrections.vic.gov.au/utility/publications+manuals+and+statistics/
Trotter, C, Turner, S, Pereira, C, Evans, P 2012, Evaluation of Port Phillip Prison Youth Unit, Monash University Criminal Justice Research Consortium. Available at: http://arrow.monash.edu.au/hdl/1959.1/1267835
Turner, S & Trotter, C 2010, Growing old in prison? A review of national and international research on ageing offenders, Corrections Victoria, Melbourne: Department of Justice. Available at: http://www.corrections.vic.gov.au/utility/publications+manuals+and+statistics/growing+old+in+prison
Turner, S & Trotter, C 2010, Case management with women offenders: literature review, Corrections Victoria, Melbourne: Department of Justice. Available at: http://www.corrections.vic.gov.au/utility/publications+manuals+and+statistics/literature+review+on+case+management+with+women+offenders
Johns, D, Spivakovsky, C, Turner S, Flynn, C & Hall, M (2021 – forthcoming). Co-producing Criminal Justice Knowledge Routledge.
Turner, S 2010, 'Case management in corrections: evidence, issues and challenges', in F McNeill, P Raynor, & C Trotter (eds.), Offender Supervision: New directions in theory, research and practice, Willan Publishing, Abington, pp.344-66.
Shelley Turner Research: Monash University Research