Nhlanganiso Nyathi

Senior Lecturer

Course Leader

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Peterborough (Guild House)

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Nhlanganiso Nyathi qualified as a generic social worker more than 20 years ago. Most of his post qualifying practice experience is in the area of children and families social work, and child protection in particular, which he's very passionate about.

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Email: nhlanganiso.nyathi@anglia.ac.uk

Twitter: @ike1664


Prior to being appointed as a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University Nhlanganiso was Review Manager with the Safeguarding and Standards Unit of the Cambridgeshire County Council. In that role he was responsible for coordinating planning and ensuring continuous quality improvement through monitoring and reviewing inter-professional safeguarding systems. In addition he was also an independent reviewing officer (IRO) for looked after children. Nhlanganiso has more than twenty years post qualifying work experience at practice, supervisory, and managerial levels in both, statutory and non-statutory settings in the UK and abroad. His post qualifying international social work experience spans from working as social worker for Bulawayo City Council, Government Social Welfare Officer (both in Zimbabwe) and social worker for London Borough of Sutton and Cambridgeshire County Council. In addition he is the founding Chairperson for the multiagency Bulawayo taskforce on street children in Zimbabwe. He was also involved in strategic human resource management work experience and research work during his MBA studies with international corporations such as Anglo American Corporation (UNICEM), Rainbow Tourism Group and British Vita PLC in Southern Africa.

Research interests

Nhlanganiso is a budding researcher and his research interests are in the area of interprofessional practice in relation to safeguarding vulnerable children. His preferred research methodology is mixed methods. Nhlanganiso is also a PhD candidate and the preliminary title of his thesis is: Interprofessional and service user collaboration in safeguarding vulnerable children: a mixed methods perspective. In the study he is mainly interested in identifying, and exploring the relationship between, interprofessional and servicer user collaboration influences. Starting from a systems conceptual proposition, a concurrent embedded mixed methods design was adapted for the study, with the qualitative strand being the primary method and the quantitative one playing a complementary role. In addition to the key findings of the study the main contribution to knowledge by this study is the development of a conceptual model that illustrates the systemic relationships between the various influences identified in the study. The overarching aim of the study is to improve collaborative working between professionals and families in order safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children.

Areas of research supervision

Nhlanganiso is currently supervising undergraduate major projects.


Nhlanganiso is currently teaching the following undergraduate modules: Knowledge evidence and practice; Social work with children and families; Analytical thinking and decision making; Assessed readiness for Direct Practice (ARDP) and Undergraduate major project. He is also module leader for Powers duties and accountabilities. Previously, Nhlanganiso taught the following modules: Ethics and Values; Principles and skills of social work; Post qualifying consolidation award; Social work power and responsibilities.


  • PhD Candidate, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • Post Qualifying Social Work Award, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Bachelor of Social Work Degree, University of Zimbabwe
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education), Anglia Ruskin University
  • Master in Business Administration (MBA), National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe) in association with Birmingham University Business School

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Registered Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Fellow Higher Education Authority (FHEA)
  • Member of the FHSCE Inter-professional safeguarding group

Selected recent publications

'Identifying multiagency professionals' perceived key indicators for positive outcomes in child protection intervention'. (Accepted - Children Workforce and Development Council, 2007).

Recent presentations and conferences

“Behind Closed Doors” Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding Conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Chelmsford, 2014