Sally Stubbings

Senior Lecturer (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 has worked in social care settings for over 20 years, before taking on her role at the University.


Sally has worked in a number of community and field care settings with a diverse range of service users. She has been a Social Worker in a children and family's team, a support worker for adults with learning disabilities, a care worker for older people, a residential worker with young people, a mentor for young people with Mental Health needs and a participation manager with Looked After children and young people. Her most recent role was managing an Access to Resources service, focussing on commissioning, strategic planning, and placement matching and quality assurance, within and integrated children, families and adults service.

Sally joined the university initially as a part time secondment opportunity in 2012, and then on a full time basis at the end of 2014. She's studying for a Professional Doctorate, researching the efficacy of the Staying Put scheme for Looked After young people.

Sally's teaching interests include: the application of theory to practice, service user participation, direct work skills, commissioning and the commodification of social care, Looked After children and young people, management of risk.

Research interests

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 CPD modules in Social Work. Modules include:

  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Analytical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Power, Duties and Accountability in Social Work
  • Context of Social Work
  • Communication and Partnership Working
  • Assessed Readiness for Direct Practice
  • Becoming a Professionally Capable Practitioner (ASYE)


  • BA (Hons) Health Welfare and Social Policy (Anglia Polytechnic University) 1998
  • Diploma in Social Work (CCETSW) 2000
  • PQ1 Social Work (CCETSW) 2002
  • Diploma in Management (Institute of Leadership and Management) 2011

Memberships, editorial boards

Registered Social Worker (SWE)