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Chris Hemsley

Chris left statutory social work to join the University of Bedfordshire as a Lecturer on the Frontline programme in May 2014. Before this, she worked in child protection teams and children with disabilities teams. Chris also has a background in counselling and special needs education.

Research interests

Chris’s areas of interest are the history of social work, and social justice. She is Co-Editor of CC-Inform, an Online Directory of Tools for Working with Children.

Selected publications

Hemsley, C. (2015) ‘Tilda Goldberg: a life in research’ Bulletin of the Social Work History Network, 2 (2) [online] Available at:

Galvani, S., Forrester, D. Glynn, G., McCann, M. Guppy, A. Hemsley, C. Hillson, M. and Thurnham, A. (2011) Social Work Services and Recovery from Substance Misuse: A Review of the Evidence: Edinburgh: The Scottish Government.


MSc Social Work, PGDip Person Centred Counselling, BSc Psychology, BA English Literature & Language, Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families in a Safeguarding Context


Chris has been an Academic Tutor on the Frontline Programme since it started in 2014. She has so far supported 15 units through their first year, and supervised a number of MSc dissertations. She takes pride in her reputation for being a supportive and accessible tutor.

Location: London

1 Rosebery Avenue,