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Dr Sharon Vincent

Associate Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

 Sharon Vincent, Reader in Child Welfare, Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, Northumbria University  Sharon Vincent joined Northumbria University in September 2014. She has many years’ experience of conducting research in the area of child protection and safeguarding. She was previously a Reader in Social Welfare in the Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI) at the University of Wolverhampton.  She has also worked at the University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Centre for UK-wide Learning in Child Protection, the Scottish Social Work Services Inspectorate, Scottish Government and Barnardo’s. Her particular areas of interest include child death review processes and prevention of child deaths from abuse and neglect, comparative child protection research and policy analysis, early intervention to prevent abuse and neglect, and resilience. While working for the Social Work Services Inspectorate she was a member of the team that undertook the National Audit and Review of Child Protection. In 2010 Sharon was awarded a Research Fellowship to undertake a comparative study of child death review processes in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and the UK. In 2012 Sharon undertook an Audit and Analysis of Significant Case Reviews in Scotland for the Scottish Government. She was also a member of the Short Life Working Group which developed Scottish policy in relation to Significant Case Reviews.

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Room D101, Coach Lane Campus West
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Authenticity, power and the case record: A textual analysis of the participation of children and young people in their child protection conference, Ogle Stewart, J., Vincent, S., Hawkes, M. 2 Nov 2021, In: Child & Family Social Work
  • Challenging Behaviour around Challenging Behaviour, James, D., Fisher, S., Vincent, S. 1 Jul 2021, In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
  • Enhancing knowledge and practice of ‘personal reflexivity’ among social work students: A pedagogical strategy informed by Archer’s theory, Cavener, J., Vincent, S. 17 Nov 2021, In: Social Work Education
  • ‘I think it’s made me a different social worker now’: postgraduate social work students’ experiences of undertaking independent research and applying the learning in their first year of practice, Vincent, S., Hamilton, R. 18 Aug 2021, In: Social Work Education
  • Teaching Partnerships four years on: lessons learned about relationships between universities and practice partners, Hamilton, R., Vincent, S. 8 Oct 2021, In: Practice: Social Work in Action
  • The aims and outcomes of public inquiries into the care and protection of children. Should they be undertaken differently?, Vincent, S., Holt, K., Kelly, N., Smale, E. Jul 2020, In: Child Abuse Review
  • Adult student nurses' experiences of encountering perceived child abuse or neglect during their community placement: Implications for nurse education, Tweedlie, J., Vincent, S. Feb 2019, In: Nurse Education Today
  • Education and Social Work working collaboratively to support vulnerable families: benefits and tensions, Jopling, M., Vincent, S. 3 Dec 2019, Resilience in Childhood and Adolescence , Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, Taylor & Francis
  • Vulnerable Children, Young People, and Families: Policy, Practice, and Social Justice in England and Scotland, Jopling, M., Vincent, S. 2019, Handbook on Promoting Social Justice in Education , Cham, Springer
  • The health and well-being of children and young people who are looked after: Findings from a face-to-face survey in Glasgow, Vincent, S., Jopling, M. 1 Mar 2018, In: Health & Social Care in the Community

PGR Supervision

  • Justine Ogle Whose Voice? Children and Young People’s Participation in the Child Protection Conference Start Date: 31/10/2014 End Date: 18/07/2018
  • Elaine Robinson Accessing child development services: the experiences of parents living with mental distress. Start Date: 28/09/2020
  • Tara Peters 'Organisational culture and its impact on attitudes to risk and multi-disciplinary working within a Children’s Social Care department' Start Date: 01/10/2017
  • Paul Watson Start Date: 01/08/2019 End Date: 05/06/2020
  • Marie Millican Using creative methods to improve engagement to public health services with looked after children and young people (LACYP) in the North East. Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Rosanne Cooper Start Date: 01/11/2014
  • Lara Pizycki Start Date: 02/11/2015
  • Sean Brockbank The rise of the ‘responsibilisation agenda’ and its impact on best practice in child protection decision-making in social work practice in England. Start Date: 01/10/2016


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