Dr Ebenezer Cudjoe

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Ebenezer Cudjoe
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    Colchester Campus

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    Mondays (16.00 to 17.00) Fridays (15.00 to 16.00)



I joined the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies as a Lecturer in Childhood Studies in 2022. My PhD research focused on what it is like for children to live with a parent with mental illness, examining various themes that reflect the children's daily life experiences. The research I do broadly covers investigations that aim to improve outcomes for children and their families. I have been doing research in the areas of child protection, kinship care, children whose parents have mental illness and inclusive education among children with disabilities. I have collaborated with a number international colleagues from countries like Hong Kong, Ghana, Denmark, Australia and the United Kingdom. My research programme in the next few years is to develop a novel approach, with an emphasis on inter-agency collaboration, to meet the needs of children who have parents with mental illness in Ghana. I have worked on projects funded by UNICEF-Ghana prior to joining Essex. One was to examine residential childcare institutions in Ghana to offer practical recommendations for deinstitutionalisation in line policies and legislation. Another project was to explore the problems encountered by families with child maintenance cases with the aim to inform social workers' assessment of these cases. I am willing to supervise potential PhD candidates in areas that cuts across child welfare and family wellbeing with particular emphasis on child protection, kinship care, children's rights to participation, children whose parents have mental illness, parental mental illness and alternative care for children. I am also open to work with PhD students who are passionate about methodology and willing to go beyond the "traditional" use of methodology, particularly for qualitative methodologies.


  • PhD City University of Hong Kong,

  • Nordic Master in Social Work and Welfare (Msc ) Aalborg University,

  • BA (Hons) Social Work Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Childhood Studies, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex (3/10/2022 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Child protection

Open to supervise

Children whose parents have mental illness

Open to supervise

Research methodologies

Open to supervise

Children's rights

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Therapeutic Practice and Responsibility: Statutory Frameworks (PA126)

  • Professional Practice in Careers with Children (PA230)

  • Safeguarding and Ethical Practice (PA235)

  • Teaching and Learning with Children: A Psychosocial Approach (PA332)

  • Research with Children and Young People (PA944)

  • Dissertation � Childhood Studies (PA945)

  • Dissertation (PA900)

  • Critical Debates in Childhood and Childhood Studies (PA943)


Journal articles (42)

Abdullah, A., Frimpong-Manso, K., Cudjoe, E. and Agbadi, P., When Social Workers Are Given Dual Mandates: Child Maintenance and the Complexities of Family Situations in the Ghanaian Child Protection System. The British Journal of Social Work

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E., Bastian, C. and Jordan, LP., (2024). Passing the torch or breaking a cycle of intergenerational transmission of child labour: Reflections from the lived experiences of children. Children and Youth Services Review. 157, 107430-107430

Ayim, M., Abdullah, A., Bentum, H., Amponsah, EB., Cudjoe, E. and Manful, E., (2023). Contributing to indigenous social work practice in Africa: A look at the cultural conceptualisations of social problems in Ghana. Qualitative Social Work. 22 (1), 30-46

Owusu, AFS., Abdullah, A., Pinto, GH., Bentum, H., Moo, JTN., Ayim, M., Mbamba, CR. and Cudjoe, E., (2023). Where Do We Go After Surviving the Virus? Cross-Country Documentary Analysis of the Social Consequences Faced by COVID-19 Survivors. Community Health Equity Research & Policy. 43 (3), 329-338

Asamoah, E., Tam, CH-L. and Cudjoe, E., (2023). A systematic review of the roles of social workers in inclusive education for children with disabilities. International Social Work. 66 (1), 36-51

Cudjoe, E., Chiu, MYL. and Tam, CHL., (2023). Navigating peer relationships: What do friendships look like for children whose parents have mental illnesses?. Child Abuse Review. 32 (3)

Cudjoe, E., Tam, CHL. and Chiu, MYL., (2023). Constructing the the school paradox in the lives of children living with parental mental illness. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 28 (4), 1480-1494

Abdullah, A., Mbamba, CR., Amponsah, EB., Frederico, M., Cudjoe, E., Bentum, H. and Emery, CR., (2023). Safeguarding the welfare of refugee children in Ghana: Perspectives of practitioners in refugee camps. Children and Youth Services Review. 145, 106803-106803

Cudjoe, E., (2023). Making Sense of Husserlian Phenomenological Philosophy in Empirical Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 22, 160940692311710-160940692311710

Cudjoe, E., Agwu, P. and Chiu, MYL., (2023). Editorial: Supporting children with child welfare concerns in Africa: Involving formal and informal systems. Social Work and Social Sciences Review. 24 (1), 3-6

Frimpong‐Manso, K., Cudjoe, E., Agbadi, P., Abdullah, A., Deliege, A. and Bansal, A., (2023). Deinstitutionalization of children in residential care facilities: Experiences and perceptions of professionals in Ghana. Child and Family Social Work. 29 (2), 306-315

Cudjoe, E., Tam, CHL., Effah, D., Amegashie, EF. and Tweneboah, AO., (2023). Living with parental mental illness is like a roller coaster: Reflections on children's lifeworld in the family setting.. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 32 (13-14), 3516-3527

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E., Frederico, M., Jordan, LP., Chiu, MYL., Asamoah, E. and Emery, CR., (2022). Filicide as a cultural practice in Ghana: The qualitative understanding of a family tragedy and its implications for child protection practice. Child Abuse & Neglect. 127, 105580-105580

Cudjoe, E., Amoateng, I., Nti‐Gyeabour, J. and Wisti, P., (2022). Exploring the support services of foster care leavers: An institutional ethnographic study. Health & Social Care in the Community. 30 (2), 685-694

Cudjoe, E., (2022). Using Diaries With Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis: Guidelines From a Study of Children Whose Parents Have Mental Illness. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 21, 1-9

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E., Ryu, W. and Emery, CR., (2021). During and beyond the frequent lockdowns: Addressing the pandemic (COVID-19)–related family violence through informal social control. Developmental Child Welfare. 3 (3), 225-234

Frimpong-Manso, K., Cudjoe, E., Abdullah, A., Deliege, A. and Eshun, EK-T., (2021). Keeping families afloat: Foster carer’s parenting experiences during COVID-19 in Ghana and implications for practice. Developmental Child Welfare. 3 (2), 85-99

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E., Jordan, LP. and Emery, CR., (2021). Child polyvictimization in Zongo communities in Ghana: Young people’s reflections on systemic resilience enablers. Child Abuse & Neglect. 119 (Pt 2), 105075-105075

Abdullah, A., Manful, E., Cudjoe, E. and Boateng, LK., (2021). How Did I Know When to Report Physical Neglect? Ghanaian Mothers’ Views on Delinquent Child Maintenance. Practice. 33 (3), 233-249

Cudjoe, E., Kwabia, DD., Chiu, MYL. and Abdullah, A., (2021). “Adding salt to wounds”: Parentification among children living with parents with mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of social workers. Developmental Child Welfare. 3 (1), 58-67

Cudjoe, E., Abdullah, A. and Manful, E., (2021). Parents’ Perceptions on the Outcomes of Children’s Participation in Child Protection Meetings in Ghana. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 30 (4), 1071-1081

Cudjoe, E., Nti-Gyeabour, J., Amoateng, I. and Tetteh, AA., (2021). Gender-equal Norway, a reality for all? The views and experiences of immigrants. Journal of Gender Studies. 30 (4), 465-477

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E., Young, S., Choi, AWM., Jordan, LP., Chiu, MYL. and Emery, CR., (2021). Regulating the traditional kinship care practice in Ghana: Reflections from young people with kinship care experience. Child: Care, Health and Development. 47 (3), 329-335

Manful, E., Abdullah, A. and Cudjoe, E., (2021). When Parents Fail: Addressing Delinquent Child Maintenance Through Informal Resources. Research on Social Work Practice. 31 (3), 278-284

Cudjoe, E., Abdullah, A. and Chiu, MYL., (2021). Experiences of Children in Kinship Care (CKC) in Ghana. Journal of Family Issues. 42 (4), 741-761

Cudjoe, E. and Chiu, MYL., (2020). What do children know about their parent’s mental illness? A systematic review of international literature on children in families with mental illness. Children and Youth Services Review. 119, 105638-105638

Manful, E., Cudjoe, E. and Abdullah, A., (2020). Towards child-inclusive practices in child protection in Ghana: Perspectives from parents. Children and Youth Services Review. 119, 105594-105594

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E., Emery, CR. and Frederico, M., (2020). Moving towards independent living in Ghana: Narratives from young adults about their kinship care experience. Journal of Adolescence. 79 (1), 148-156

Abdullah, A., Frederico, M., Cudjoe, E. and Emery, CR., (2020). Towards Culturally Specific Solutions: Evidence from Ghanaian Kinship Caregivers on Child Neglect Intervention. Child Abuse Review. 29 (5), 402-415

Awortwe, V., Bentum, H., Cudjoe, E. and Abdullah, A., (2020). A reason for the unmet needs of children in contact with social services? Non-resident fathers’ perspectives on delinquent child maintenance claims. Children and Youth Services Review. 117, 105298-105298

Cudjoe, E. and Abdullah, A., (2020). Drawing on Kinship Care Support for Older People during a Pandemic (COVID-19): Practice Considerations for Social Workers in Ghana. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 63 (4), 254-256

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E. and Manful, E., (2020). Creating a better kinship environment for children in Ghana: Lessons from young people with informal kinship care experience. Child & Family Social Work. 25 (S1), 207-214

Bentum, H., Abdullah, A., Amponsah, EB. and Cudjoe, E., (2020). Becoming Professionals in Inclusive Education Settings: Perspectives from Ghanaian Social Work Students on Their Motivations. Practice. 32 (2), 129-143

Cudjoe, E., Abdullah, A. and Chua, AA., (2020). Children’s Participation in Child Protection Practice in Ghana: Practitioners’ Recommendations for Practice. Journal of Social Service Research. 46 (4), 462-474

Manful, E., Abdullah, A. and Cudjoe, E., (2020). Decision-Making on Child Neglect: Ghanaian Social Workers’ Views and Experiences. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice. 3 (2), 271-285

Cudjoe, E., Uggerhøj, L. and Abdullah, A., (2020). “We are consultants, not collaborators”: Young people’s experiences with child protection meetings in Ghana. Children and Youth Services Review. 109, 104748-104748

Cudjoe, E., Abdullah, A. and Chiu, MYL., (2019). What makes kinship caregivers unprepared for children in their care? Perspectives and experiences from kinship care alumni in Ghana. Children and Youth Services Review. 101, 270-276

Cudjoe, E. and Abdullah, A., (2019). Parental participation in child protection practice: The experiences of parents and workers in Ghana. Qualitative Social Work. 18 (4), 693-709

Asamoah, E., Ofori-Dua, K., Cudjoe, E., Abdullah, A. and Nyarko, JA., (2018). Inclusive Education: Perception of Visually Impaired Students, Students Without Disability, and Teachers in Ghana. SAGE Open. 8 (4), 215824401880779-215824401880779

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E. and Manful, E., (2018). Barriers to childcare in Children's Homes in Ghana: Caregivers' solutions. Children and Youth Services Review. 88, 450-456

Abdullah, A., Cudjoe, E. and Frederico, M., (2018). Barriers to Children's Participation in Child Protection Practice: The Views and Experiences of Practitioners in Ghana. Children Australia. 43 (4), 267-275

Manful, E. and Cudjoe, E., (2018). Is kinship failing? Views on informal support by families in contact with social services in Ghana. Child & Family Social Work. 23 (4), 617-624

Book chapters (1)

Cudjoe, E. and Chiu, MYL., (2021). Kinship Care Support for Children Whose Parents Have Mental Illness in Ghana. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Problems. Springer International Publishing. 1- 17. 9783030681272

Grants and funding


Co-producing a child maintenance assessment tool for the Departments of Social Welfare in Ghana

University of Essex (QR Impact Fund)



Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Mondays (16.00 to 17.00) Fridays (15.00 to 16.00)

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