Dr Shanaaz Hoosain

Senior Lecturer

Consultation Times: By Appointment. Call or e-mail to request an appointment. 

Key Roles in the Department:

Teaching, Research, Dissertation Supervision ,Social Responsiveness and Ethics Committee Chairperson


Brief Biography:

A social worker and researcher working with marginalised families and communities with 20 years’ experience both locally and the UK. Worked as a social worker for Social Development (WC) and Essex County Council (UK).    The focus of social work practice for 15 years has been in the field of children and families including child protection, statutory care and play therapy. Community engagement activities include working in rural communities such as Riebeek Kasteel, Overberg and the Boland. Experience and qualifications related to transformation both within South Africa and the UK including a Post-Graduate Certificate in Black Leadership in White organisations at the University of East London (UK). Managed a project aimed at addressing the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic children (including refugees) which won the East of England Regional Award for Equality and recognised in a national award (Action Race Network) promoting anti-racism.  Collaborated with Iziko Slave lodge on a heritage project with descendants of slaves, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, women’s shelters in the Western Cape, the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide on collective narrative practice in research. Involved in the Western Cape Provincial Victim Empowerment forum and delivered training to DSD Western Cape social workerson intergenerational trauma and violence. Collaborated with SAPS to develop and deliver training to the Western Cape Anti-Gang Unit with plans to role out the training to additional provinces. Involved in joint research project on men’s narratives of gender-based violence during Covid-19 and Exiting Women’s Shelters. Voluntarily involved in community work in Mitchells Plain.

Research Interest Areas:

Intergenerational Legacies of Trauma, Poverty & Substance Abuse

Historical Trauma

Gang and Gender-Based Violence


Narrative Methodologies

Teaching Areas:

Social work values

Community and Youth Development

Intergenerational Trauma

Gender-Based Violence

Substance abuse

Social Developmental Welfare  

Recent Publications:

Mnetwa.P and Hoosain. S. 2021. Indigenous play-based activities for Tsonga children to exposed to intimate partner violence. Child Abuse Research: A South African Journal. South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children: ISSN 1562-1383 , 22(1): 62-76

Hoosain, S. and Bozalek. V. 2020. Hauntology, history and heritage: Intergenerational trauma in South African displaced families. In Bozalek, V and Pease, B. (Eds) Post-Anthropocentric Social Work: Critical Posthumanism, New Materialisms and Affect Theory

Hoosain. S. 2018.  Decolonising social work research with families experiencing intergenerational trauma. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development. 30 (1). https://doi.org/10.25159/2415-5829/2471.

Potgieter, A. and Hoosain.S. 2018. Parents experiences of family reunification services . Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk. 54(4) : 448-447. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.15270/54-4-671.

Smit. E. and Hoosain S. 2016. Parenting needs of mothers who have experienced CSA. Child Abuse Research: A South African Journal 2017, 18(1): 1-12.

Gutsche, K., Hoosain. S. & Chigeza. S. 2015. Perceptions of social workers regarding life story work with children. Child Abuse Research: A South African Journal. 16 (2). 130-136.

Hoosain. S. 2016. Taking Time: Prudence and Pacing.  In Stern J. (Ed) Virtuous Educational Research. Oxford: Peter Lang. In Print.

Conference/Congress/Seminar Presentations:

Name of Conference: The 4th annual international gender and sexuality conference

Date of Conference: 14-15 October 2021

Title of Paper Presented: Mens’ narratives of gender-based violence during Covid-19


Name of Conference: ASASWEI Social Work Conference

Date of Conference: 1-3 September 2021

Title of Paper Presented: Engaging men in research on gender-based violence during Covid-19