Dr. Sarah Shorrock

Research Associate Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA140

+44 (0) 1772 89 3415

Sshorrock1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Social Work, Social Care

Sarah is a research associate with the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change, alongside being a research assistant with the Criminal Justice Partnership. She has completed a PhD with UCLan, titled 'Protecting Vulnerable People: An Exploration of the Risk Factors and Processes Associated with Lancashire’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH)'. Sarah has experience of conducting research with Lancashire Constabulary on a range of topics relating to vulnerability.

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Having completed a Criminology degree at Lancaster University, Sarah went on to complete a Masters in Criminal Investigation at UCLan, with this leading onto the undertaking of a PhD with the university. For her PhD, Sarah worked alongside Lancashire Constabulary to investigate how Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH), across Lancashire, identify and manage vulnerability. This research took a mixed methods approach and involved the identification of risk factors, as well as factors that influenced decision-making process.

During her PhD, Sarah worked as a UCLan researcher within Lancashire Constabulary’s Early Action team, contributing to the Police Innovation Fund (PIF) evaluation, which was led by Professor Stuart Kirby. Currently, Sarah works three days a week with the Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change, which aims to promote transdisciplinary research within and outside of UCLan.

Specific research interests include evidence-based policing, multi-agency partnerships, safeguarding, vulnerability, victimisation and early action.

Qualifications:

Ph.D Candidate in Policing, University of Central Lancashire, Accepted 2017
M.Sc Criminal Investigation, University of Central Lancashire, 2013
B.Sc (Hons.) Criminology, Lancaster University, 2012

Research Activities

Sarah has a keen interest in all areas of policing and evidence based policing, with particular research interests in:

  • Multi-Agency Partnerships.
  • Vulnerability.
  • Risk Management.
  • Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs.
  • Early Action.
Research Projects

Sarah is currently in the process of establishing a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Network, with the aim of conducting a national review of MASH practices.

Conferences

3rd September 2014

  • POLCON 5 Conference
  • Teeside University.
  • Oral presentation on the Personal Benefits of Volunteering with Lancashire Special Constabulary.

10th December 2014

  • UCLan Annual Research Conference
  • UCLan
  • Oral presentation on Multi-Agency Partnerships: Challenges around the protection of society’s most vulnerable individuals.

4th September 2015

  • POLCON 6
  • Staffordshire University
  • Oral Presentation on MASH: Can it protect vulnerable individuals?

11th December 2015

  • UCLan 3 Minute Thesis
  • Oral Presentation: Can Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs Protect Society’s Most Vulnerable Individuals?

7th September 2016

  • UCLan Annual Research Conference
  • Oral Presentation: 'Protecting Vulnerable People: An Exploration of the Risk Factors and Processes Associated with Lancashire’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH)'

25th April 2018

  • North East Crime Research Network
  • York St. John University
  • Oral Presentation: Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH): What are they? Who do they protect and How does it operate?

Publications

Shorrock, S.; McManus, M. & Kirby, S. (2019), 'Investigating the Characteristics of Vulnerable Referrals made to a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH)'. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.