Dr Alhassan Abdullah


College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Bedford Park
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Alhassan Abdullah joined the faculty of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, after completing his Ph.D. in Social Work. He has practice experience in child protection. Alhassan’s research embrace issues affecting the wellbeing of children and families. Specifically, his work focuses on child neglect and abuse, child protection and impacts of communities and culture in child maltreatment prevention. His current research focuses on developing early intervention and preventive measures to address maltreatment and violence against women, through the intersection of community-based cultural resources and statutory child protection. Alhassan’s approach to research and scholarship brings theoretical rigor to the study of child maltreatment and family violence prevention, and adopts a cultural lens to investigate indigenous community/neighborhood- based protective measures against child maltreatment.

Alhassan has carried out survey research in Ghana, and conducted research using data from Nepal, Hong Kong, Korea and China. He has published over 45 peer-reviewed articles (over 20 as first author) in leading social work journals, and 4 book chapters. He serves on the Editorial Board of Practice: Social Work in Action, and a member of the Social Work Innovation Living Space (SWIRLS), Flinders University.


PhD in Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Honours, awards and grants


  • Elderly Abuse in South Australia. Uniting Communities Research Grant, AUD $15,000, Chief Investigator, 2023
  • Towards a multi-sectorial child welfare practice: An exploration of young people’s trajectory in the child welfare service in South Australia, EPSW Research Seed Grant, AUD $13,700, Chief Investigator, 2023
  • Unravelling the Normative Underpinnings of Child Labor in Ghana: A Bottom-Up Study Among Hotspot Communities. RTA Fellowship Grant, International Labour Organization (ILO) (USD$ 10,000),PI, 2021-2022
  • Child Maintenance as a Tip of the Iceberg: Exploring the Limitation of Case Assessment Approaches in Ghana. UNICEF Research Grant for Child Protection Research, (USD $ 8,300), PI, 2021-2022
  • National study on violence against children in schools in Tunisia. UNICEF Tunisia, (USD $ 95,795), CO-PI, 2022-2023
  • Assessment of Implementation of the Roadmap for Deinstitutionalisation in Ghana. UNICEF Ghana, (USD $ 9,000), 2021-2022
  • Developing a model of virtual mentoring for first-year doctoral students during COVID-19 pandemic. U21 Graduate Collaborative Research Award, (USD $ 5,000), 2021-2022.

Honours and Awards

  • Life Path Promising Scholar Conference Award, for ResilienceCon Conference. Award institution, Life Path Research Center, Tennessee United State, 2021
  • Travel Support for Research Postgraduate Students for International Academic Training/Research Activities (Grant award USD $2,634), 2022
  • The University of Hong Kong Postgraduate Research Fellowship to pursue PhD programme in Social Work. Monthly stipend and conference support. 2019
  • Youth Excellence League (YEL) Awardee for academic exellence. Award value (GHS 5000.00), 2017
  • Best undergraduate dissertation, Faculty of Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, 2017

Teaching interests

Child wellbeing and protection

Social work with children and families

Theories in Social Work

Violence and abuse

Culturally appropriate child protection

Topic coordinator
SOAD3013 Children & Families: Well-being and Protection
SOAD9206 Social Work Research in Practice Settings
Supervisory interests
CALD, culturally and linguistically diverse, needs
Child abuse
Child and family wellbeing
Child protection
Child wellbeing
Domestic violence
Family violence
Foster care
Marriage and intimate relationships
Multicultural studies
Role of extended family support for carers
Expert for media contact
Child abuse
Social work
Child neglect & abuse
Child protection
Family violence
Kinship foster care
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  • Child abuse
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  • Child neglect & abuse
  • Child protection
  • Family violence
  • Kinship foster care
  • Polyvictimization