Len Tierney Lecture 2019

Children Who Need Help: Going From Case To Cause

Presented by Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott AM

We invite you to join us for the 2019 Len Tierney Lecture on 12th November at the Ian Potter Auditorium. Following the lecture, Professor Lou Harms will launch a publication titled A Love of Truth and a Love of Service: The Social Work Legacy of Leonard Tierney.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 12 November
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Venue: Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, University of Melbourne


Enquiries: mdhs-rsvp@unimelb.edu.au

In 1963 the book Children Who Need Help, written by University of Melbourne social work scholar Leonard Tierney, heralded a transformation of policy in Victoria, including the deinstitutionalisation of child welfare and the emergence of new services to support families.

Half a century later, we must confront and deal with the underlying causes of and factors contributing to child abuse and neglect. Only then can we bring about the transformation that is imperative if we are to avoid inflicting inter-generational harm on vulnerable children and families.

Dorothy Scott is a Honorary Professorial Fellow in Social Work at the University of Melbourne and a former student and colleague of Len Tierney.

Book Launch


Following the lecture, the book A Love of Truth and a Love of Service: The Social Work Legacy of Leonard Tierney, will be launched by Professor Lou Harms.

This publication presents for a new generation the seminal ideas of Len Tierney.

"This book is critically important for practitioners, leaders and policy makers, as it eloquently positions the major dilemmas facing families and a service system that remains reactive and stuck at the tertiary end … Beautifully written, this is a book thatʼs needed more now than ever."

Dr Robyn Miller, Chief Executive Officer, MacKillop Family Services.