Sally Stubbings

Senior Lecturer/Course Leader (Social Work)

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy

Research Supervision:Yes

Sally worked for 23 years in various social care settings before joining ARU. She is currently the course leader for Step Up to Social Work and a doctoral student.


Sally worked in a number of community and field care settings with a diverse range of service users. Before qualifying she was a support worker for adults with learning disabilities, a care worker for older people, a residential worker with children and young people and a mentor for young people with mental ill Health. After qualifying in 2000, she has been a Social Worker in a child protection team, a long term team with children and families, a participation manager with looked after children and young people. As well as front line roles, Sally was a senior manager focussing on commissioning, strategic planning, placement matching and quality assurance within an integrated children, families and adults service.

Sally joined the ARU initially as a part-time secondment opportunity in 2012, and then on a full-time basis at the end of 2014.

Sally continues to be involved in practice settings, providing support and consultation to a local foster care agency and as a safeguarding advisor for Centre 33 (a charity supporting children and young people).

Sally represents the school at the national Step Up HEI forum and the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee.

Research interests

  • Children and young people in public care
  • Knowledge Mapping

Sally is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate, researching the experience of young people in care making decisions about remaining with their carers under the Staying Put scheme.

In addition to her Professional Doctorate, Sally has been involved in some initial pilot work exploring the use of Knowledge Mapping to demonstrate skills, tacit knowledge and professional development.


Sally teaches on the BA, MA and Step Up to Social Work Course and CPD modules on the Advanced MA. Modules include:

  • Becoming a Social Worker
  • Working with Families
  • Preparation/Advanced Skills for Practice
  • Ethics and Values
  • Social Work with Children and Families
  • Strengthening Professional Practice as a Newly Qualified Social Worker


  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) 2015 (ARU)
  • Diploma in Management (Institute of Leadership and Management) 2011
  • PQ1 Social Work (CCETSW) 2002 (ARU)
  • Diploma in Social Work (CCETSW) 2000 (ARU)
  • BA (Hons) Health Welfare and Social Policy (Anglia Polytechnic University) 1998

Memberships, editorial boards

International Research Network on the Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC)

Recent presentations and conferences

Annual Child Nursing Conference 2019.