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Dr 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.

 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.

Campus Address

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

0191 215 6864


PhD Social Policy (University of Edinburgh)

BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration (University of Portsmouth)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Child protection research and comparative policy analysis

Serious Case Reviews

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

 2018 Co-principal investigator ‘Evaluation of the Young Parents Programme’ North Yorkshire County Council

2018 Principal Investigator ‘Analysis of Significant Case Reviews’ Highland Child Protection Committee

2017 Principal Investigator ‘Further analysis of Significant Case Reviews: Research for Fife Child Protection Committee’, Fife Child Protection Committee

2017 Principal Investigator ‘Knowsley Family Project Evaluation’, Changing Lives

2016 Principal Investigator ‘Analysis of Significant Case Reviews: Research for Fife Child Protection Committee’, Fife Child Protection Committee

2015 Principal Investigator ‘Love Barrow Families Evaluation’, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust

2014 Co-principal Investigator ‘Liverpool Families Programme Evaluation’, Liverpool Council

2013 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’, New South Wales (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

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

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

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

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

2009 Principal Investigator ‘An analysis of Serious Case Reviews Undertaken by Kent Safeguarding Children Board’, KSCB

Key Publications

Vincent, S. and Jopling, M. (2017) The health and well-being of children and young people who are looked after: findings from a face-to-face survey in Glasgow, Health and Social Care in the Community, 00:1-9 HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1111/HSC.12500

Vincent, S. and Petch, A (2016) Understanding child, family, environmental and agency risk factors: findings from an analysis of Significant Case Reviews in Scotland, Child and Family Social Work. Article first published online: 19 April 2016

Vincent, S. (2013) Child Death Review: a comparison of six countries, Child Abuse Review. Article first published online 25 June 2013

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


PGR Supervision

Current students include:

Justine Ogle, PhD, Northumbria University ‘Children’s perceptions of their role in decision making in safeguarding forums’

Patricia Tumelty, DProf Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton, ‘In their own words: An Ethnographic study of mothers accounts of interactions with professionals in a children’s centre’

Rosanne Cooper, PhD, Northumbria University, ‘How Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs), manage the emotional challenge of their job in their first year’

Sean Brockbank, PhD, Northumbria University ‘The rise of the ‘responsibilisation agenda’ and the impact on child protection decision-making in social work practice in England’

Tara Peters, PhD, Northumbria University ‘Organisational culture and its impact on attitudes to risk and multi-disciplinary working’


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