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


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.


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.


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?


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.