Department:School of Education & Social Care
Location: Peterborough (Guild House)
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Dr 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.
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 interprofessional safeguarding systems. In addition he was 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.
Nhlanganiso’s research interests are in the area of interprofessional practice; assessment and management of risk and professional judgement and decision making in safeguarding vulnerable children. His preferred research methodologies are qualitative research and mixed methods. The title of Nhlanganiso’s doctoral thesis was: Factors that are key influences to effective interprofessional collaborative child protection decision making and practice: social workers’ perceptions. Combining elements of two systems models, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) learning together systems model (SCIE, 2012) and Falkov’s systemic family focussed model (Falkov, 2013), a constructivist-interpretivist qualitative research design was adopted. Among its key findings was that the effectiveness of interprofessional collaborative child protection decision making and practice, as perceived by social workers, and the systematic identification and the systemic understanding are determined by four factors: multi-level relationship influences; multi-level organisational influences; external influences and decision making influences. The main conclusion that can be drawn from this study is that research focused on social workers’ knowledge and understanding of interprofessional collaborative child protection decision making and practice, as the lead professionals, proposes a conceptual model for the systematic identification of child protection concerns and the systemic understanding of this process, with some degree of discretion in professional judgement and decision making.
Nhlanganiso is currently supervising undergraduate major projects.