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Sharon Bessell

Sharon Bessell is the Director of the Children's Policy Centre.

Tshoki Khandu

Tshoki Khandu is the Administrator of the Children's Policy Centre.

Jan Mason

Jan Mason is Emeritus Professor with the University of Western Sydney, where she was Foundation Professor of Social Work, 1995 to 2010. She was also Foundation Director of firstly, the Childhood and Youth Policy Research Unit and then the Social Justice and Social Change Research Centre.

Jan's employment prior to her university career was in various practice and management positions in the NSW Department of Community Services. Her experiences in these positions have informed her teaching and research activities. Her research has focused on linking theory, policy and practice on children's issues, through collaborative work with major children's agencies in New South Wales and with Australian and overseas academics. She has researched and published on child welfare and protection, child and family policy, child-adult relations, children's needs in care, kinship care and child well-being. Her current research interests are in facilitating children's participation in research and in practice and policy development on issues concerning children.

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