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Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson MA, BA, PGCLT, CQSW, FHEA, Practice Teaching Award, GNVQ Assessor Award

Principal Lecturer


Peter Nelson is Principal Lecturer and Resource Manager in the Department of Social Work Social Care and Community Studies and Research Coordinator for Social Work in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research. He was appointed in 2000. He graduated from Hull University (Philosophy) and obtained an MA (Applied Social Studies) and social work qualification (CQSW) from Sheffield University. He obtained a teaching qualification (CLTHE) from Sheffield Hallam University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Peter has eighteen years' experience in social care, working in a range of posts in the areas of mental health, residential child care, generic fieldwork, community social work and particularly child protection. He is an experienced and qualified practice teacher.

Peter currently has management responsibility for staffing and resources across all courses in the Department. His teaching focuses on social work values and ethics, children and families, research methods and practice education, where he contributes at undergraduate, postgraduate and post qualifying levels. He has a longstanding interest in practice learning including international perspectives and partnership development. International work includes European funded projects and guest lecturing in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Georgia, and Ukraine.

Peter is an active researcher in the areas of children and families and social work education. Recent projects include fuel poverty and the decision making of families with children suffering from asthma; professional resilience amongst social workers, teachers and radiographers and the alcohol use of young people not in education employment and training.

He contributes to a number of national and local committees including acting as a trustee for the Quality Care Partnership. He is an experienced external examiner with current posts at the Open University and the University of East Anglia. He is on the editorial board and is book editor for the journal Social Policy and Social Work in Transition. Peter is a reviewer for the ESCR and numerous journals including BJSW, Journal of Social Work, Social Work Education, Practice and the Journal of Youth Studies as well as a range of publishers.


Child Protection and Childhood Obesity

Warm Well Families: the role of social marketing in making research findings accessible

2009 -2012 Academic Director of ACES (Advancing the three cycle system in social work education in six countries). A 1.1 million euro TEMPUS European Commission project to develop social work education in two countries previously within the USSR.

Nelson P, Tod A, Cronin De Chavez A, Powell-Hoyland V and Stocks A (2013). Warm Well Families: Doncaster Final Report. Project Report, Doncaster, Doncaster Metropolitam Borough Council

Early Career professional resilience: interdisciplinary insights to inform creative practice development (2013) Probst H, Boylan M, Nelson P and Martin R Imagine Project, Sheffield Hallam University

Doel, M Nelson P and Day P (2011) Targeted Mental Health in Schools Programme Sheffield Local Authority Targeted mental health in schools evaluation
Children and young persons primary mental health service evaluation

Doel, M Allmark P, Conway C, Cowburn M, Flynn M Nelson, P and Todd, A (2009) Professional Boundaries, General Social Care Council

O'Brien R and Nelson P (2009) Evaluation of the Associate health Trainer service delivered by Derbyshire Voice Derbyshire Local Authority Sheffield Hallam University Derbyshire Voice health trainer evaluation

Nelson P and Chrisp T (2009) User experiences of the Common Assessment Framework Sheffield: Arc Research and Consultancy Ltd Common Assessment Framework Evaluation

Nelson, P and Tabberer S (2009) Transitional Consultation Alcohol and Young People, Sheffield: Arc Research and Consultancy Ltd

Doel, M., Nelson, P. Flynn, E. and Mulrooney C (2009), How new projects and initiatives in social work practice learning successfully mature, Leeds Skills for Care and Development

Doel, M., Nelson, P. Flynn, E. and Mulrooney C (2009), Revisiting new approaches to practice learning, Leeds Skills for Care and Development

Doel, M., Nelson, P. Flynn, E. and Mulrooney C (2009) Sustaining social work practice learning with local authorities, Leeds Skills for Care and Development

Doel, M., Nelson, P. and Flynn, E. (2007), Developing Practice Teaching and Assessing in the West Midlands, Birmingham: Skills for Care and Development

Doel, M., Nelson, P. and Flynn, E. (2006), Experiences of Post-Qualifying Study in Social Work, London: Skills for Care and Development

European Union, Local Authority, NHS, ARC Research


Journal articles

Nelson, P. (2022). Fostering for adoption; our story and the story of others [book review]. The British Journal of Social Work.

Nightingale, J., Parkin, J., Nelson, P., Masterson-Ng, S., Brewster, J., Labinjo, T., ... Harrop, D. (2022). Multiple stakeholder perspectives of factors influencing differential outcomes for ethnic minority students on health and social care placements: a qualitative exploration. BMC Medical Education, 22 (1).

Nelson, P., Bissell, P., Homer, C., Pollard, L., & Powell-Hoyland, V. (2020). Is Childhood Obesity a Child Protection Concern? The British Journal of Social Work.

Nelson, P., Homer, C., & Martin, R.W. (2020). What makes a looked after child happy and unhappy? Adoption and Fostering, 44 (1), 20-36.

Nelson, P. (2018). Where academia and policy meet: A cross-national perspective on the involvement of social work academics in social policy, Oxford University Press, 2017. The british journal of social work.

Cronin De Chavez, A., Gilbertson, J., Tod, A., Nelson, P., Powell-Hoyland, V., Homer, C., ... Thomas, B. (2017). Using environmental monitoring to complement in-depth qualitative interviews in cold homes research. Indoor and Built Environment, 26 (7), 937-950.

Nelson, P. (2016). Writing clearly for clients and colleagues - The human service practitioner's guide, Lyceum Books, 2015. Journal of social work, 16 (3), 388-389.

Powell-Hoyland, V., Homer, C., Tod, A., Nelson, P., Cronin De Chavez, A., & Stocks, A. (2016). Cold Snaps - children’s health in a cold, damp home : influencing policy and practice. People, place and policy online, 10 (1).

Tod, A.M., Nelson, P., Cronin de Chavez, A., Homer, C., Powell-Hoyland, V., & Stocks, A. (2016). Understanding influences and decisions of households with children with asthma regarding temperature and humidity in the home in winter a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 6 (1), e009636.

Nelson, P., & Taberrer, S. (2015). Hard to reach and easy to ignore: The drinking careers of young people not in education, employment or training. Child and Family Social Work, 22 (1), 428-439.

Nelson, P., & Weatherald, C. (2014). Cracking the code : an approach to developing professional writing skills. Social Work Education, 33 (1), 105-120.

Probst, H., Boylan, M., Nelson, P., & Martin, R.W. (2014). Early career resilience: interdisciplinary insights to support professional education of Radiation Therapists. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 45 (4), 390-398.

Nelson, P., Tabberer, S., & Chrisp, T. (2011). Integrated working in children's centres: a user pathway analysis. Practice, 23 (5), 293-310.

Nelson, P., & Cowburn, M. (2010). Social work admissions : applicants with criminal convictions - the challenge of ethical risk assessment. The British journal of social work, 40 (4), 1081-1099.

Doel, M., Allmark, P.J., Conway, P., Cowburn, M., Flynn, M., Nelson, P., & Tod, A. (2009). Professional boundaries: crossing a line or entering the shadows? British journal of social work, 40 (6), 1866-1889.

Doel, M., Nelson, P., & Flynn, E. (2008). Experiences of post-qualifying study in social work. Social work education, 27 (5), 549-571.

Cowburn, M., & Nelson, P. (2007). Safe recruitment, social justice, and ethical practice: should people who have criminal convictions be allowed to train as social workers? Social work education, 27 (3), 293-306.

Hollows, A.E., & Nelson, P. (2005). Equity and pragmatism in judgement-making about the placement of sibling groups. Child and family social work, 11 (4), 307-315.

Hollows, A., Channer, Y., Nelson, P., Storr, I., & Williams, J.E. (2005). Researching social work practice or practising social work? In search of our identities as social work researchers. Reflections: narratives of professional helping, 11 (4), 78-90.

Cowburn, M., Nelson, P., & Williams, J. (2000). Assessment of social work students: standpoint and strong objectivity. Social Work Education, 19 (6), 627-637.


Nelson, P., & Shardlow, S. (Eds.). (2005). Introducing Social Work. Lyme Regis: Russell House.


Nelson, P., Whitehead, L., Foggin, J., & Johnson, D. (2019). Making safeguarding personal temperature check. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Taberrer, S., Nelson, P., Hoyland-Powell, V., & Maddison, A. (2019). Still seldom heard and hard to reach. Still drinking? NEET young people and alcohol in a northern town. Alcohol Change UK.

Nelson, P., Tod, A., Cronin De Chavez, A., Powell-Hoyland, V., & Stocks, A. (2013). Warm Well Families: Doncaster Final Report. Doncaster: Doncaster, Doncaster Metropolitan borough Council.

Cronin De Chavez, A., Tod, A., Homer, C., Nelson, P., Stocks, A., & Powell-Hoyland, V. (2013). Warm Well Families: Rotherham Final Report. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Doel, M., Nelson, P., & Day, P. (2011). Targeted Mental Health in Schools Programme. Sheffield Local Authority.

Doel, M., Allmark, P.J., Conway, P., Cowburn, M., Flynn, M., Nelson, P., & Tod, A. (2009). Professional boundaries: research report. General Social Care Council.

Nelson, P., & O'Brien, R. (2009). Evaluation of the Associate health trainer service delivered by Derbyshire Voice. Derbyshire Local Authority.

Nelson, P., Bissell, P., Pollard, L., Homer, C., & Powell-Hoyland, V. (n.d.). Is childhood obesity a child protection concern? Sheffield Hallam University.

Theses / Dissertations

Homer, C. (2020). The patient experience of bariatric surgery: a longitudinal qualitative study. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Nelson, P., Allmark, P., & Goyder, L.


Cronin De Chavez, A., Nelson, P., Tod, A.M., Hoyland-Powell, V., Homer, C., & Stocks, A.J. (2014). Managing children's health in a cold, damp home - fuel poverty and childhood asthma. Presented at: BSA Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference 2014, Birmingham, UK

Other activities

External Examiner Open University BA Social Work

External Examiner University of East Anglia MA Advanced Social Work

Previously External Advisor Leeds Beckett University MA Advanced Social Work Practice, External Advisor Wolverhampton University BA, MA Social Work, PQ courses, External Examiner London Metropolitan University BSc Social Work

Book editor for the journal Social Work in Transition

Postgraduate supervision

Social Worker Experience of Fatal Child Abuse

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