Dr Nhlanganiso Nyathi
Principal Lecturer and Course Leader (Social Work)
Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School:Education and Social Care
Peterborough (Guild House)
Areas of Expertise:
Health and social care
Dr Nhlanganiso Nyathi is a highly motivated and results oriented professional, with education, training and post-qualifying experience, in social work practice, as an academic, researcher, manager and leader in both, statutory and non-statutory corporate settings, in the UK and Southern Africa. Most of his post-qualifying social work 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 Principal 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.
Dr Nyathi 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. Nhlanganiso 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.
- Interprofessional education, practice and research
- Assessment and management of risk
- Professional judgement and decision making in safeguarding vulnerable children.
- PhD, 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
- Dip SW: - University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
- Diploma in Personnel Management, Institute of Personnel Management (Zimbabwe)
- Part Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management, Institute of Personnel Management (Zimbabwe) (partly completed)
Memberships, editorial boards
- Fellow Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (UK)
- Member of Social Work England (SWE).
- Member of Department Research Ethics Committee
- Member of the Faculty Interprofessional Working Group
- Member of the Sub-Saharan Interprofessional Education in Africa (AfriPEN) research group
- Member of the Steering Group Committee and Ambassador of the White Ribbon Campaign, ARU
Selected recent publications
- Nyathi, N., 2019. Child protection decision-making: social workers’ perceptions. In Taylor, B and Whittaker, A., 2019. Professional Judgement and Decision Making in Social Work: Current Issues. Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-367-17970-0 [Book Chapter] https://www.routledge.com/products/9780367179700
- Donley, T., King, M, D., Nyathi, N., Okafor, A and Mbizo, J., 2018. Socioeconomic status, family functioning and delayed care among children with special needs. Social Work in Public Health. Volume: 33(6), pp. 366-381. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/e6YJCgBjFXFw6xJ7QpG3/full
- Nyathi, N., 2018. Ensuring rigour and trustworthiness in a qualitative study: a reflective account. Childhood Remixed May, 2018, pp.12-141 https://www.uos.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Childhood%20Remixed_Journal_2018%20updated.pdf
- Nyathi, N., 2018. Child protection decision-making: social workers’ perceptions. Journal of Social Work Practice, Volume: 32 (2), pp. 189 - 203 https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/xKPucTVrmhwwp6fZxZkh/full
- Nyathi, N., 2018 Case study: Interprofessional collaboration: a recommended model for safeguarding children in Zimbabwe. World Health Organisation (WHO) Education Guidelines. https://whoeducationguidelines.org/sites/default/files/cs-files/Case%20study.NN_.pdf
- Nyathi, N. and Akister, A., 2017. Working with multi-level relationships to improve child protection outcomes in families experiencing mental health difficulties. In: Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Work, Volume 2. Pavilion. ISBN 9-781-9110-2870-3 (Book Chapter) https://www.pavpub.com/parental-mental-health-volume-2/
- Nyathi, N., 2017. Key influences to effective interprofessional child protection decision-making and practice: social workers’ perceptions. Presentation Booklet from that First Symposium for Interprofessional Education In Africa, slide 77-94. http://afripen.org/presentation-bookletof-the-first-symposium-for-interprofessional-education-in-africa/
- Nyathi, N. and Akister, J., 2016. A Practitioner’s perception of interprofessional collaboration influences in safeguarding children. Childhood Remixed, Feb 2016, pp. 90-101 https://www.uos.ac.uk/sites/default/files/basic_file/Childhood-remixed-Feb-2016.pdf
- Nyathi, N., 2016. Factors that are key influences to effective interprofessional collaborative child protection: decision making and practice: social workers’ perceptions. Doctoral thesis, Anglia Ruskin University [online] Available at: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/701350
- Nyathi, N., 2007. Identifying multiagency professionals' perceived key indicators for positive outcomes in child protection intervention. Children Workforce and Development Council (not available online).
Recent presentations and conferences
- Presented a paper titled: ‘Key influences to effective interprofessional child protection decision making and practice: social workers’ perceptions’ at the First Symposium for Interprofessional Education in Africa (AfriPEN) at University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia on 21 - 22 September 2017
- Presented a paper titled: ‘Child protection: a case for parenting and interprofessional collaboration’ at Midlands State University School of Social Work, Harare, Zimbabwe on 27 July 2017
- Presented a paper titled: ‘Ensuring rigor and trustworthiness in a qualitative study’ at an international conference on Children and Childhoods Conference 2017, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK on 18 July 2017
- Presented a paper titled: ‘Collaboration influences in safeguarding children and young people’ at an Interprofessional safeguarding day, Anglia Ruskin University, Guild House, Peterborough, UK on 23rd November 2015.
- Presented a paper titled: ‘Social workers’ perceptions of factors that influence effective interprofessional collaboration in child protection practice’ at an international conference on Children and Childhoods Conference 2015, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK on 14 July 2015.
- Poster presented on ‘Social workers’ perceptions of factors that influence effective interprofessional collaboration in child protection practice’ at an international conference on Children and Childhoods Conference 2015, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich, UK on 14/07/15
- Presented a paper titled: “Behind Closed Doors” Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding”, Anglia Ruskin University, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Chelmsford, 2014.