Dr. Sarah Shorrock

Criminal Justice Partnership Researcher

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Greenbank Building, GR236

+44 (0) 1772 89 5506

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

Sarah is a research assistant within the Criminal Justice Partnership based at the University of Central Lancashire. 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.


Full Profile

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 is working within the Criminal Justice Partnership as a researcher and is involved in various research projects relating to criminal justice.

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.


Sarah is involved in various projects being completed within the Criminal Justice Partnership


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

4th September 2015
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)'



Teaching Activities and Responsibilities