Sarah Coleman

Course Leader & Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Allied Health and Social Care
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching
Research Supervision:

Having been a qualified Social Worker for 19 years, Sarah has experienced a broad range of Social Work positions and Management roles within both the Statutory and Voluntary sectors.

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Sarah's work has predominantly been in the Children and Families sector to include the fields of Child Protection, working in partnership with probation, Children with Disabilities, Family Support and Child & Adult Health and Emotional well-being.

Her areas of strength encompass sound communication and networking skills, quality assurance, enabling learning around ‘Best Practice’ and innovative thinking in undertaking family interventions and in formulating partnership working.

Sound leadership skills are also central to Sarah's work. She has undertaken specific Accredited Management Training through The London Borough of Enfield that she has applied to her practice and teaching, particularly in managing modules, delivering course leadership and in maintaining a consistent and high quality of teaching.

Sarah has now worked in academia for over five years. She maintains high teaching standards across the BA Social Work and MA Social Work and has led and developed our Social Work Degrees with a focus on student experience.

Research interests
  • Social Work engagement interventions with families.
  • Direct Work with children and young people.
  • Child and family Assessments.
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Young person Intimate partner abuse 
  • Trauma Informed Practice
Areas of research supervision

Sarah has supervised postgraduate students with assessments and undergraduate students with both assessments and major projects.


• BA (Hons) Social Work (Chelmsford) and MA Social Work

• Module leader and tutor for 'Transitions into professional practice' (BA 3rd year)

• Tutor for the children and families module

• External Examiner for the BSc Social Work course at Portsmouth University.

  • PGCERT – Postgraduate Teaching Certificate & Teaching Fellow - Anglia Ruskin University (2016)
  • MA in Applied Social Studies - University of Hertfordshire (2002)
  • PG Diploma in Social Work (Postgraduate) - University of Hertfordshire (2001)
  • BA (hons) Early Childhood Studies - University of Greenwich (1995)
Memberships, editorial boards

• Registered Social Worker with SWE (Social Work England)

• Teaching Fellow

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Sarah has prepared applications for bids and attended meetings at Hertfordshire regarding future Continuous Professional Development courses in the areas of child and adult safeguarding.

Selected recent publications

Sarah has successfully completed the first year of a DProf programme and continues to research in this area.