School of Education

Pearl Goodwin-Burns

Position: Care Leaver Coordinator
Study area: Humanities and social sciences
Location: SMB Campus, E Building, Level One, Room E114
Phone: 5327 9496


  • Master of Social Work Qualifying (2017) Federation University Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts (2015) La Trobe University


Pearl is a graduate of La Trobe University (BA) and is currently completing her Master of Social Work at Federation University Australia. She is employed as Federation's Care Leaver coordinator as part of a project funded by the Sidney Myer Fund and the Myer Foundation. This project is led by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) with partners Federation University Australia and La Trobe University. Pearl welcomes inquiries from care leavers (people who have spent some of their childhood and/or youth in out-of-home-care, or as wards of the State) who are interested in studying with Federation University Australia, either at TAFE or as part of our university programs.

Research interests

  • Care leavers participation in higher education
  • Homelessness and poverty
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Historical justice for care leavers