Kathleen Manion

Program head, Graduate Certificate in Transforming Child Protection to Wellbeing

Humanitarian Studies

Kathleen Manion is a scholar-practitioner who bridges the gap between practitioner experiential knowledge, academic theory, and policy objectives. She is passionate about social justice, humanitarian issues, interdisciplinary perspectives and applied research. She is principally focused on children and young people’s wellbeing. Manion has a broad range of policy and practice experience in social work, community development, and interdisciplinary work. She strives to make complex concepts understandable and bring voice to research participants. Manion has a commitment to student-focused experiences designed to spark curiosity and build lifelong learning. Her projects touch on international social work, youth advocacy, child rights, protection, and wellbeing, homelessness, environmental justice and family violence.



Manion has worked in academia, government and the not-for-profit sector within several countries. Her previous research and policy work have included children’s rights, participation, education and youth climate action. She has focused on prevention of violence against children and in families, neglect, sexual exploitation, human trafficking in women and children, suicide and self-harm. Manion’s previous research and policy work has also included homelessness, social work education and team work in higher education, youth justice, child protection and wellbeing.




Masters in International Law, Specialisation in Human Rights Law

University of London

PhD in Sociology

University of East London

Masters of International Social Work and Community Development Studies, with Distinction

University of East London

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Major

University of Waterloo

Peace and Conflict Studies Diploma


Certificate in General Social Work



Currie, V., Wrights, L., Lee, L., Manion, K., Gallopeni, B, Terzi-Barbarosie, D., Mateeva, A., Milojevic, S., Trbus, M., Costache, I., Lazor, T., & Zecevic, I. (2021). Final Report: Regional Research on Violence Against Children in Schools South Eastern Europe. Terre des hommes & International Institute for Child Rights and Development.

Axe, J., Childs, E., & Manion, K. (2020). In Search of Employment: Tackling Youth Homelessness and Unemployment. Children and Youth Services Review, I113(2020).

Axe, J., Childs, E. & Manion, K. (2020). Zero Ceiling Work2Live Research Project Fall 2019: Final Report. Prepared for Zero Ceiling. Royal Roads University.

Manion, H. K., Wright, L., & Currie, V. (2020, December). Role‌ ‌of‌ ‌Children's‌ ‌Clubs‌ ‌in‌ ‌Safeguarding‌ ‌of‌ ‌Children‌ ‌in‌ ‌Schools. Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.‌ 

Manion, H.K., Dyck, T., Shah-Preusser, N. & Thackeray, S. (2020). Teaching Innovation through team and collaborative based learning. In S. Palahicky (Ed).  Enhancing Learning Design for Innovative Teaching in Higher Education. IGI Global.

Manion, H.K., Jones, S. (2020). Child Rights Education - Building Capabilities and Empowerment Through Social Constructivism. Canadian Journal of Child Rights, https://ojs.library.carleton.ca/index.php/cjcr/article/view/2615/2427

Sentes, L, Manion, K., & Yen, K. (2020). BCOHRC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

Sentes, L, Manion, K., Yen, K. (2020). BCOHRC Theory of Change. BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

Shah-Preusser, N., Thackeray, S., Dyck, T., Manion, K., & Palahicky, S. (2020). Team Based Learning: Collaboratively Guiding the Journey. In J. Haruo (Ed.). Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT) - Guiding the Journey: Learner-Teacher-Learner. Vol. XIII. Collected Essay on Learning and Teaching. https://celt.uwindsor.ca/index.php/CELT/issue/current

Axe, J., Manion, K., & Childs, E. (2019, September). Zero Ceiling: Research Report 2018 Launch: September 18, 2019. Whistler, Canada.

Manion, H.K. (2019). Right to Play- Bringing it to the Fore. Lisbon: International Conference on Childhood and Adolescence Book. https://icca.eventqualia.net/en/2020/home/abstracts/publications/ pp.149-168.

Manion, H.K. (2019). Theory for social work with children. In M. Payne & E.R. Hall (Eds.). Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory. Routledge.

Axe, J., Childs, E. & Manion, K. (2018). Zero Ceiling: Program Review Summary: Full Report – April 9, 2018.  Prepared for Zero Ceiling. Royal Roads University.

Axe, J., Childs, E. & Manion, K. (2018, November). Summary of Initial Themes - Zero Ceiling Program Review Fall 2018.  Prepared for Zero Ceiling. Royal Roads University.

Manion, H.K. (2018). Children and Youth in the Refugee Equation: Working with the Vulnerable. In K. Christie & M. Boulby (Eds.). Living in Fear: Migration, Refugees and Human Security in the Mediterranean. Palgrave.

Manion, K., Dyck, T., Palahicky, S., Shah-Preusser, N. & Thackeray, S. (2018). Team based Learning: Living our Model at Royal Roads University Final Research Report (Summary and Full). [Unpublished Report]. Royal Roads University.

Young, M.G. & Manion, H.K. (2017). Harm reduction through housing first: An assessment of the Emergency Warming Centre in Inuvik. Harm Reduction Journal, 14 (8).

Manion, H.K. (2015). International social problems. J. Wright (Ed). The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd Edition. Elsevier.

Albrecht, G., Beard, T., Bianchi, D., Draca, J., Fluke, J., Gerbaka, B., Gray, J., Madrid, B., Manion, K., Mansell, J., Tonmyr, L., Van Puyenbroeck, H, Wolstenholme, S. (2012). Child Neglect: National Data Profiles. In H. Dubowitz (Ed). ISPCAN World Perspectives on Child Abuse 10th Edition, pp.48 - 56.

Manion, K. & Nixon, P. (2012). Listening to experts: Children and young people’s participation'. Social Work Now, 49 (February) 30-39. 

Rock, L., Karabanow, J. & Manion, H.K. (2012).Childhood and Youth in International Context: Life-Course. In K. Lyons, T. Hokenstad, M. Pawar, N. Huegler, & N. Hall (eds) Handbook of International Social Work, London: Sage.

Sturmfels, D. & Manion, K. (2012). Giving children a voice: Paving the way for Child, Youth and Family’s participation strategy. Social Work Now, 49 (February) 40-46.

De Haan I. & Manion, K. (2011). Building Safety and Deepening our Practice. Social Work Now, 47(April) 35–43.

Manion, K. (2011). Focusing on the child: Redressing neglect in child protection. Social Work Now, 48 (October) 27-32.

Manion, H. K. & Renwick, J. (2008). Equivocating over the Care and Protection Continuum: An Exploration of Families not Meeting the Threshold for Statutory Intervention. Social Policy of New Zealand.

Lyons, K., Manion, H.K. & Carlsen, M. (2006). International Social Work: global conditions and local practice, Palgrave.

Lyons, K. & Manion, H. K. (2006). Migration - an ongoing focus for local and international social workers. In N. Hall (ed.) Social Work Around the World IV, Berne: International Federation of Social Workers Press.