School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Chris Penney

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: James Watson West 2 King Richard 1st Road Portsmouth PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 023 92 842844
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science



  • University of Portsmouth, Diploma in Social Work, 1996 – 1998
  • University of Portsmouth, BSc Post Qualifying Child Care Social Work, 2004 – 2005
  • University of Portsmouth, Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education 2008 - 2010

University of Portsmouth, March 2008 – present

  • Course Lead BSc(Hons) Social Work (Sept 2013 – present)
  • Senior Lecturer in Social Work
  • Course lead for Post Qualifying C&F SW Programme (2008-2011)

Portsmouth Preventing Youth Offending Project, 2009 - 2010

Hampshire Social Services Direct, 2002 – 2010

  • Generic Practitioner with specific remit to Children & Families crisis intervention.

Portsmouth Social Services, 2002 - 2008

Social Worker:

  • 2005–2008, Senior Practitioner and acting Team Manager Children and Families Team.
  • 2006–2008, Visiting guest tutor Portsmouth University
  • 2005–2008, Member of Portsmouth City Council Foster Panel
  • 2002–2005, main & higher grade practitioner Children and Families Team. 
  • Joint Investigations into cases of serious abuse.

Previous Posts of Relevance:

  • 1998–2002, Generic Social Worker for Ministry of Defence Royal Navy.
  • 1996–1998, Residential worker, Adults with Learning Disability, Portsmouth City Council.
  • 1995–1996, Community Worker for Ministry of Defence Royal Navy.
  • 1989–1995, Generic Social Work Assistant for Ministry of Defence Royal Navy.
  • 1979–1989, Paramedic for Ministry of Defence Royal Navy

Teaching Responsibilities

I deliver on a wide range of teaching across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The main body of this relates to Children & Families with emphasis on; safeguarding, Serious Case Reviews, social care law and decision-making and risk.

I take a lead on simulation within learning and have developed specific assessments around; Observed Structured Practice Assessments and presenting evidence as an ‘Expert Witness’ within court settings.


2014 Consultant in relation to - Evaluating Veteran Outreach Support in Portsmouth for effectiveness (and cost-effectiveness).


Research profile

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