Mrs Kathleen Henderson


I am a qualified social worker (registered with Social Work England) and practice educator, with 32 years' experience of working with children and families.  I have been a social work lecturer here since 2004 and am a personal tutor and module leader. I am a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. 

 My specialist interests include Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding Children, Practice Learning, Simulated skills development and Solution-focused brief therapy. I set up and manage the social work skills lab on the Kingston Hill campus. I enjoy skills development and experiential learning and am passionate about involving people with lived experience of social work. I completed the university's MA programme for Professional Education and Training in 2010. As part of this, I undertook research for my dissertation on Work-Based Supervisors which was published in September 2012. I am a member of the British Association of Social Work (BASW) England Committee.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer


  • MA Professional Education and Training
  • Practice Educator Award
  • Advanced Social Work Award
  • Diploma in Social Studies

Teaching and learning

Postgraduate courses taught


Henderson, K et al (2017) Self-Efficacy and Outcomes: Validating a Measure Comparing Social Work Students' Perceived and Assessed Ability in Core Pre-Placement Skills. British Journal of Social Work (2017) 0, 1–22

 Henderson, K et al (2017) On the learning journey: what helps and hinders the development of social work students' core preplacement skills?   Social Work Education, 36:1, 6-25,

 Henderson, K and Mathew- Byrne, J (2015) ‘Developing Communication and Interviewing Skills', Chapter 1 in Skills for Social Work Practice. Palgrave

 Henderson, K (2010) ‘Work-based supervisors: the neglected partners in practice learning' Social Work Education 29(5), pp. 490-502. 


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Tompsett, Hilary, Henderson, Kathleen, Matthew Byrne, Jane, Gaskell Mew, Elaine and Tompsett, Christopher (2017) Self-efficacy and outcomes : validating a measure comparing social work students' perceived and assessed ability in core pre-placement skills. The British Journal of Social Work, 47(8), pp. 2384-2405. ISSN (print) 0045-3102

Tompsett, Hilary, Henderson, Kathleen, Mathew Byrne, Jane, Gaskell Mew, Elaine and Tompsett, Chris (2017) On the learning journey : what helps and hinders the development of social work students' core pre-placement skills? Social Work Education, 36(1), pp. 6-25. ISSN (print) 0261-5479

Henderson, Kathleen Juliette (2010) Work-based supervisors: the neglected partners in practice learning. Social Work Education, 29(5), pp. 490-502. ISSN (print) 0261-5479

Book Section

Henderson, Kathleen and Mathew-Byrne, Jane (2016) Developing communication and interviewing skills. In: Davies, Keith and Jones, Ray, (eds.) Skills for social work practice. London, U.K. : Palgrave. pp. 1-22. ISBN 9781137390264

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