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Dr Sarah Shorrock

Research Associate
School of Social Work, Care and Community

Sarah is a Research Associate with UCLan's Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change (ICSC). Her area of research orientates around safeguarding, collaborative working practices and the early identification and management of risk. She has also taught on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, specifically research methods, safeguarding children and young people and equality and diversity, alongside supervising PhD students.

As part of ICSC, Sarah helps to promote and facilitate transdisciplinary research across the University, as well as externally. This has involved working a various research projects related to social prescribing, domestic abuse, social work regulations and exploring the underrepresentation of Black, Asian and Other Minority Ethnic individuals within academia. Alongside this, Sarah is currently in building upon her PhD work, which focused on Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH), by completing a regional comparison of MASH/collaborative safeguarding frameworks. Sarah has three publications relating to Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs and collaborative working practices from her PhD thesis, as well as being a named author on UNICEF's Action to end child sexual abuse and exploitation: A review of the evidence report (2020).

Sarah completed both her Masters and PhD at UCLan and during that time held various research roles, including working alongside Lancashire Constabulary's Early Action Team and being a researcher with UCLan's Criminal Justice Partnership. She has also worked with colleagues from UCLan's Connect Centre and is currently working on an International ESRC Funded project looking at responses to domestic abuse under Covid-19.

Findings from Sarah's research have been presented at conferences, as well as being disseminated at practitioner focused events. She has experience of working with, and analysing, large quantitative datasets and conducting qualitative focus groups and interviews with practitioners and vulnerable groups.