Cynthia Okpokiri

Cynthia Okpokiri


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Academic Background

Cynthia is a qualified social worker with wide-ranging knowledge and practice in children and family social work. She worked in child protection in several children and family teams across Greater London before undertaking doctoral research.

As an academic, Cynthia retains keen interest in frontline social work practice and has simultaneously been engaged as an independent social work consultant with various local authorities and partnerships across England, providing research-informed child protection and parenting knowledge to health and care practitioners and managers.

Cynthia is actively engaged in research theorising Black parenting within Western and African contexts, as well as systematic reviews of Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (LCSPR) in England.

Cynthia’s research interests and potential supervision areas include:

  • Children and family dynamics
  • Child protection; privileging children
  • Parenting; privileging parents/carers
  • Efficacy of social work
  • Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews (LCSPR)
  • Migration, social cohesion, difference, and ‘Ubuntu’
  • Well-being, equality, equity, and social justice
  • Theories of social sciences and social work
  • Alternative knowledges, methodologies and epistemologies

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex

1 Sep 20121 Sep 2017

Award Date: 1 Sep 2017


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