Sarah Coleman

Course Leader & Senior Lecturer

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

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Research Supervision:Yes

Having been a qualified Social Worker for 17 years, Sarah has experienced a broad range of Social Work positions and Management roles within both the Statutory and Voluntary sectors.


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 three years and has successfully achieved and enjoyed the PGCERT. She maintains high teaching standards as a Course Leader and Senior Social Work Lecturer and has led and developed our Social Work Degree to achieving good scores in recent NSS surveys.

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.


  • Course leader for the BA (Hons) Social Work (Chelmsford)
  • Module leader and tutor for 'Transitions into professional practice' (BA 3rd year)
  • Tutor for the children and families module
  • Teaching on the MA Social Work and the BSc in Health and Wellbeing


  • 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

  • SWE
  • 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 the area of CSE. She presented her research to date – Annual Doctoral Review in May 2018