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Faculty of Community Services

Kiaras Gharabaghi




416-979-5000, ext. 4812

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  • Residential care and treatment
  • Organizational change
  • International child and youth care practice


I have worked with children, youth and families for over twenty years, during which I held front line and management positions in the children’s mental health, child welfare and youth homelessness sectors in.  I joined the School of Child and Youth Care as faculty in 2007 and am currently the director of the school.

My teaching is focused on professional issues in child and youth care, including ethics, boundaries, relationships, exploration of self as well as the status of the profession, unions and professional associations.

My research interests currently relate to intersectoral collaboration and service integration, educational performance of youth in care, residential care, social pedagogy and youth entrepreneurship, as well as social innovation.  I also maintain an on-going interest in and research about child and youth care specific approaches to human resource management, professional development and organizational structures.

I am frequently asked to provide training and consulting services to child and youth serving organizations in Canada and around the world. Most recently, I was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services to serve on an expert panel reviewing all residential services in the province. I am committed to maintaining a global perspective on child and youth care practice, and to this end, I regularly travel and visit service sites related to children and youth facing unique challenges around the world.  Most recently, I have explored the situation for children and youth and related service contexts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the United States, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

I am the co-editor of Child & Youth Services, an international journal about issues and themes related to vulnerable children and youth around the world.  The journal is owned by Taylor & Francis, one of the largest academic publishers in the world.  I am also a regular columnist for the International Child and Youth Care Network.  My columns can be accessed on CYC Net at

Current Courses:

  • Independent Studies (undergraduate thesis)
  • Professional Issues in Child and Youth Care
  • Social Research Methods
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Social Innovation

Selected Publications:


  • Gharabaghi, K., & Charles, G. (Eds.). CYC Across Sectors: Canadian Perspectives.  Vancouver, BC:  University of British Columbia Press (in progress).
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2014). Writing Child and Youth Care. Cape Town, South Africa: CYC-Net Press.
  • Gharabaghi, K., Skott-Myhre, H. & Krueger, M. (Eds.) (2014).  With Children and Youth:  Emerging Theories and Practices in Child and Youth Care.  Waterloo, Ontario:  Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Steinebach, C. & Gharabaghi, K. (Eds.) (2013). Resilienzförderung im Jugendalter.  Berlin:  Springer  International.
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2014). Being With Edgy Youth.  Nova Science Publishers.
  • Gharabaghi, K. & Stuart, C.  (2013). Right Here, Right Now:  Life Space Intervention with Young People.  Toronto:  Pearson Press.
  • Gharabaghi, K.  (2010). Professional Issues in Child and Youth Care Practice.  London: Routledge Press.  (for a collection of the chapters in article form, see Child & Youth Services, 30 (3/4), 2009).

Journal articles:

  • Rabley, S., Pryde, M., & Gharabaghi, K. (2014). A survey of adolescents’ perceptions of their relationships with nonparental caregivers in group home settings: An attachment perspective. Children & Youth Services Review, 40, 61-70.
  • Gharabaghi, K., & Stuart, C. (2014). Life-space intervention: Implications for care-giving.  Scottish Journal of Residential Care, 12 (3).
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2013).  Becoming present:  The use of daily life events in family work.  Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 26 (2).
  • Stuart, C., & Gharabaghi, K. (2013).  Defining personalized service delivery.  Relational Child & Youth Care Practice, 26 (1).
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2012).  Translating evidence into practice:  Supporting the school performance of young people living in residential group care in Ontario.  Children & Youth Services Review, 34, 1130-1134.
  • Gharabaghi, K. & Phelan, J. (2011).  Beyond control:  Staff perception of accountability for children and youth in residential group care.  Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 28 (1), 75-90.
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2011).  A culture of education: Enhancing school performance of youth living in residential group care in Ontario.  Child Welfare, in press.
  • Gharabaghi, K., Krueger, M. & Scott-Myhre, H. (2011).  Continuing the El Salto discussions: Thoughts about modern, postmodern, and phenomenological child and youth care praxis.  Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, in press.
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2011).  A CYC approach to management in residential care.  Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, in press.
  • Gharabaghi, K. & Krueger, M. (2010).  A new politic in child and youth care.  Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 23(3), 27-39.
  • Gharabaghi, K. & Stuart, C. (2010).  Voices from the periphery: Prospects and challenges for the homeless youth service sector.  Children & Youth Services Review, 32 (12), 1683-1689.
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2010).  In-service training and professional development in residential child and youth care settings: A three sector comparison in Ontario.  Residential Treatment for Children and Youth ,27 (2), 92-114.
  • Gharabaghi, K. & Groskleg, R. (2010).  A social pedagogy approach to residential care: Balancing education and placement in the development of an innovative child welfare residential program in Ontario, Canada.  Child Welfare, 89(2), 97-114.
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2009).  Social justice unpacked: A response to Newbury.  Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 22 (4), 32-34.
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2009). Private service, public rights:  The private children’s residential group care sector in Ontario, Canada.  Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 26 (3).
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2009). Contemplations about the imagination and complacency in child and youth care practice.  Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 22 (1).
  • Gharabaghi, K. (2009). Ten principles of residential care.  Scottish Journal of Residential Care, 8 (1).

Keynotes (selected):

  • Gharabaghi, K.  The Path Forward: Innovative Practice in Child and Youth Care. Key Note delivered to the Alberta Association of Child and Youth Workers, Lethbridge, Alberta, May 06, 2014.
  • Gharabaghi, K.  Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship – A Transnational Perspective.  Key Note delivered to the Transnationalism Collegium of the Universities of Hildesheim and Mainz, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, September 11, 2013.
  • Gharabaghi, K.  Vollzeitpflege in Ontario (Foster Care in Ontario).  Key Note delivered to the Joint Session of Niedersachsen Jugendamter, Hannover, Germany, August 29th, 2013.
  • Gharabaghi, K.  Of Peer Groups, White Elephants, and the Awkward Silence: Safer Schools start with Better Friendships.  Key Note delivered to the Canadian Safer Schools Network, Mississauga, Ontario, February 2013.
  • Gharabaghi, K.  Enhancing the Everyday Experience of Children in Residential Care.  Key Note delivered to the MCYS Symposium on Residential Care, Burlington, Ontario, November 2012.
  • Gharabaghi, K.  Prospects for the Child and Youth Care Profession.  Key Note Speech delivered to the Nova Scotia Association of Child and Youth Workers, Truro, Nova Scotia, May 2012.
  • Gharabaghi, K.  Life Space Intervention with Children and Youth.  Key Note Speech delivered to the Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Association of Residences Treating Youth, Markham, Ontario, October 2011.
  • Gharabaghi, K.  Promoting Cultural Diversity in Circles of Care.  Key Note Speech delivered to the 18th Biannual Conference of the National Association of Child Care Workers, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, July 2011.

Position Currently Held:

Director; Associate Professor

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