Dr Prospera Tedam

Social Care Practice Quality Lead

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Prospera is a registered social worker with experience in both statutory and voluntary sector social work with children and families.

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Prospera holds an appointment to the Family Returns Panel of the Home Office, where she advises on child safeguarding matters in relation to children in the returns process. Prospera has Chaired Fostering Panels for a number of IFA’s and was Chair of the Board of Trustees for Africans Unite Against Child Abuse (AFRUCA), a UK based charity working to safeguard the rights of African children in the UK and abroad.

Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Prospera was a senior lecturer in social work at the University of Northampton for ten years.

Research interests

  • Culturally competent social work practice
  • Meeting the needs of diverse learners in Higher Education
  • Working with BME children and families
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Practice Education & Work based learning
  • Faith related child abuse

Prospera’s research interests are varied and generally relate to enhancing the experiences of BME social work students, BME children and families and children’s rights. Prospera is an advocate of relationship based practice which informed her development of the MANDELA model of practice learning, a framework which encourages the development of relationships between social work students and their practice educators. This tool has been applied to other professional situations.


Prospera contributes to a range of modules on our undergraduate and postgraduate social work courses.


  • Certificate in Research Degree Supervision, University of Northampton
  • Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care, University of Northampton
  • MA in Child Care Law and Practice, Keele University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Child Law, Keele University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Human Rights. United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Armed Conflict and Peacekeeping United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
  • MA in Development Studies, Leeds University
  • BA (Hons) class 2(I) in Social Work, University of Ghana

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Reviewer - Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning
  • Reviewer - Practice: Social Work in Action Journal
  • Reviewer - Journal of Social Work
  • Reviewer - Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work
  • Editorial Board member - Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

Selected recent publications


Tedam, P. & Adjoa, A. (forthcoming) The ‘W’ word: Witchcraft labelling and child safeguarding in social work practice, St Albans, Critical Publishing

Chapters in books

Tedam, P. (2016) Safeguarding children at risk of witchcraft accusations, in (Eds) Bernard, C & Harris, P. (2016) ‘Safeguarding black children', London, Jessica Kinglsley Publishers

Tedam, P. & Zuchowski, I. (2014) Strengths based social work education: the potential of the MANDELA practice framework to foster African heritage student practice learning  in A. Francis (ed) 'Advancing strengths in social work in mental health through strengths based practice', Primrose Hall Publishing

Tedam, P. (2014) Understanding Diversity in Waller, T & Davis, G (eds) 'An Introduction to early Childhood. A multidisciplinary approach 3rd ed', London, Sage

Tedam, P. (2013) Developing Cultural Competence in Bartoli, A (ed) 'Anti-racism in Social work practice', St. Albans, Critical Publishing

Tedam, P. ( 2014) Witchcraft branding and the abuse of African children in the UK: causes, effects and professional intervention,  'Early Child Development and Care'

Peer reviewed journal articles

Tedam, P. & Munowenyu, M. (2016) Keeping MANDELA alive: A qualitative evaluation of the MANDELA supervision framework four years on, 'The Journal for Practice teaching and Learning. Vol 14 (1)'

Tedam, P., Matoo, G., Mano, I. & Singh, S. (2016) Group support for transformational social work education: a study of the Black Academics Forum. 'Groupwork Vol 25 (2)'

Tedam, P. (2015) Enhancing the practice learning experiences of BME students: Strategies for practice education, 'The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning 12 (2-3)' pp 130-145

Tedam, P. (2014) When Failing Doesn’t Matter: A narrative inquiry into the practice learning experiences of black African social work students in England, 'International Journal of Higher Education. 3 (1)' 136-145

Tedam, P. (2013) What can social workers learn from African proverbs?, 'Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning 12 (1)' 17-32

Tedam, P. (2012) Using culturally relevant case studies to enhance students learning: A reflective analysis of the benefits and challenges for social work students and academics, 'Enhancing the Learner Experience in Higher Education. 4 (1)' 59-69

Tedam, P. (2012) The MANDELA Model of Practice Learning: An old present in new wrapping?, 'Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning. 11 (2)' 19-35

Recent presentations and conferences

Safeguarding Black Children: Good Practice in Child Protection - Kings College, London (January 2017)

Stories every practice educator should hear: Placement narratives of BME students on social work courses in England. International Conference on Practice Teaching & Learning (Belfast) (April 2016)

Child domestic labour: The invisible thief of children’s rights in Ghana - Paper presented to the International Conference on Childrens Rights (Cairns, Australia) August (2010)