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Sharon Vincent

Reader in Child Welfare

Department: Social Work Education Community Wellbeing

Sharon Vincent joined Northumbria University in September 2014. She has 16 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 and the Review of Looked After Children. She also worked on the Chief Inspector’s Annual Reports of Social Work Services and was involved in the development of National Care Standards. 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. Recently Sharon undertook an Audit and Analysis of Significant Case Reviews in Scotland for the Scottish Government. She is a also a member of the Short Life Working Group which is developing Scottish policy in relation to Significant Case Reviews. Sharon has presented the findings of her research widely in the UK and internationally and is the author of numerous reports and publications.

0191 215 6864



BA (Hons)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Child protection research and comparative policy analysis

Child death review processes and prevention of child deaths from non-natural causes

Child abuse and neglect


Early intervention

Professional Activity

I am a member of the Scottish Government Significant Case Review Working Group and a WithScotland critical friend for Significant Case Reviews.

Current/Recent Projects

 ‘Liverpool Families Programme Evaluation’, Liverpool Council, 2013, Co-principal Investigator

 ‘Intake and assessment processes in child welfare and protection systems in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany and Sweden:  A literature review to inform the New South Wales Program Review of Intake and Assessment’,  NSW Government, Australia, 2013, Principal Investigator

 ‘Health and Wellbeing Survey of Children and Young People Looked After by Glasgow City Council’, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 2013, Co-principal Investigator

 ‘Evaluation of Reach of Play@Home’ NHS Scotland, 2013, Co-principal Investigator

 ‘An Analysis of the Impact of the Support Provided by the Area Family Support Teams’ Walsall Council, 2012 Principal Investigaton

 ‘Analysis of Significant Case Reviews’ Scottish Government, 2012,  Principal Investigator

 ‘Preventing child deaths: learning from review’, Leverhulme, 2010-2011  Research Fellowship

‘An analysis of Serious Case Reviews Undertaken by Kent Safeguarding Children Board’, KSCB, 2010 Principal Investigator

 ‘How is the concept of resilience operationalised in practice with vulnerable children?’   BASPCAN, 2009, Co-principal Investigator

Key Publications

Vincent, S. (2014) Child Death Review: a comparison of six countries, Child Abuse Review, 23 (2), 116-129

Vincent, S (2012) Preventing Child Deaths: Learning from Review, Edinburgh, Dunedin

Stafford, A; Parton, N; Vincent, S; Smith, C. (2011) Child Protection Systems in the UK: A Comparative Analysis, London, Jessica Kingsley

Vincent, S (2010) Learning from Child deaths and Serious Abuse, Edinburgh, Dunedin

Vincent, S; Daniel, B; and Jackson, S. (2010) Where Now for Child Protection in Scotland? Child Abuse Review, 19,  438-456

Daniel, B; Vincent, S. et al (2009) How is the concept of resilience operationalised in practice with vulnerable children? International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, 12 (1) 2-21


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