Stuart Gallagher

man with a dark top and beard

Senior Lecturer in Children and Families & Education Studies Course Leader

Children and Families

Contact Details

tel: 01905 855052

Stuart’s interests lie in the development of change-makers in children's services through higher education. His work aims to support students and colleagues to integrate personal development with practice change.

Previously, Stuart was a School Lead at an independent Steiner Waldorf school, Education Welfare Officer in two English local authorities, and an informal and non-formal educator.



  • M.Phil (University of Bath, 2015)
  • PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University of Worcester, 2014)
  • M.Litt with Distinction (University of St Andrews, 2002)
  • BA (Hons) First Class (Trinity College Dublin, 1999)
  • Academic Course Leadership (2016)
  • Team Leaders Certificate (2015)

Teaching & Research

Course Leadership

Stuart leads the following two courses:

Teaching Interests

  • Safeguarding children and adults
  • Learning and leadership in safeguarding organisations
  • Social pedagogy and utopian childhood

Research Interests

  • Humanising safeguarding in the Early Years
  • Social pedagogy
  • Theories of professional learning
  • Member – Educating for Sustainable Futures Special Interest Group (ESF SIG), University of Worcester
  • Member – Social Pedagogy Research Interest Group (SPRiG), University of Worcester




Professional Bodies

  • Member – Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP
  • Member – Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) 
  • Member – University and College Union (UCU) 



Gallagher, S. and N. Stobbs (2023) ‘Creating hope in dystopia: Utopia as Method as social pedagogy in early childhood studies’, International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 12(1) DOI:

Stobbs, N., C. Solvason, S. Gallagher and S. Baylis (2023) ‘A human approach to restructuring the education system: why schools in England need social pedagogy’, International Journal of Social Pedagogy, 12(1), DOI:

Gallagher, S. (2023) ‘Early Childhood Studies in a Polarised Dystopia: Pedagogy as ethical leadership in education', in C. Solvason and G. Elliott (eds) Ethics in Education: Contemporary Perspectives on Research, Pedagogy and Leadership, Bradford: Ethics International Press, pp 43-65.

Gallagher, S. (in preparation) Safeguarding Children in the Early Years: Humanising Practice, London: SAGE.

Prowle, A., R. Walker, S. Gallagher and M. Duncan (2020) Evaluation of Blaenau Gwent Strategy for Safe Reduction of Looked After Children, Blaenau Gwent.

Richards, C.M and S. Gallagher (2018) ‘Common Vigilance: A perspective on the role of the community in safeguarding children’, in Z. Brown and S. Ward (eds) Contemporary Issues in Childhood: A bio-ecological approach, London: Routledge, pp 84-93.

Gallagher, S. and S. Sutton-Tsang (2017) ‘Safeguarding: Understanding our responsibilities’, in J. Musgrave, M. Savin-Baden and N. Stobbs (eds) Studying for Your Early Years Degree: Skills and knowledge for becoming an effective Early Years practitioner, St Albans: Critical Publishing, pp 159-71.

Stobbs, N. and S. Gallagher (2017) ‘Assessment and feedback’, in J. Musgrave, M. Savin-Baden and N. Stobbs (eds) Studying for Your Early Years Degree: Skills and knowledge for becoming an effective Early Years practitioner, St Albans: Critical Publishing, pp 69-80.

Gallagher, S. (2013) ‘A dangerous research journey: researching child abuse as a new dad’, in E. Lee, C. Blackmore and E. Seal (eds) Research Journeys: A collection of narratives of the doctoral experience, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp 111-122.

CONFERENCES ORGANISED (as part of steering group)

Education Beyond Covid: Reality, resilience and renewal, Quaker Values in Education with Woodbrooke Learning, 15 May 2021.

Quaker Values in Education Conference 2019, Priory Rooms, Birmingham, 28 September 2019.

Children and Families Foundation Degree Student Conferences, University of Worcester 2017-19.

Meeting the Challenges of Working with Children, Young People, Families and Communities, Annual Multi-Disciplinary Conferences in Collaboration with the University of Worcester Careers & Employability Service 2015-19.


Gallagher, S. and N. Stobbs (2021) ‘Utopia as method with early childhood undergraduates: personal political potential and practitioner power’, Paper presentation at the online conference, Creating Hope in Dystopia, organised by the Social Pedagogy Association.

Gallagher, S. and M. Burton (2021) ‘Prepare to poop the party: the new normal looks very like the old normal – only worse – and why this matters to educators’, Workshop provided at the online conference, Blended Learning: Maintaining teaching excellence through a year of challenge and change, University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference.

Gallagher, S. (2020) ‘What do we mean when we say we are learning from case reviews? A focus on learning and the transfer of learning and implications for case review practice’, Presentation to Practice Learning Review Specialist Interest Group (Association of Child Protection Professionals), held at the University of Birmingham.

Gallagher, S. (2019) ‘Hope and optimism in the workforce’, Keynote Lecture, Building Brighter Futures (Student Conference), University of Worcester.

Gallagher, S. (2016) ‘Cacophony and clamour: How can children speak up when no one will shut up?’, Paper presentation, Making Our Voices Heard: Children, families, practitioners, (Partnership Research Conference), University of Worcester.

Gallagher, S. (2015) ‘Learning to prevent the maltreatment of babies and young children: a contribution of pedagogic design innovation in an undergraduate Early Years professional practice programme’, Paper Presentation, New Directions in Child Protection and Wellbeing: Making a Real Difference to Children’s Lives, (Ninth BASPCAN International Congress), University of Edinburgh.

Gallagher, S. (2014) ‘Safeguarding vulnerable children and adults: the professional dilemma’, Invited Panel Member, Safeguarding vulnerable children and adults: risk and vulnerability, (International Professional Symposium), Bucks New University.

Gallagher, S. (2013) ‘The Common Assessment Framework and child protection’, Invited Speaker and Workshop Leader, Annual Safeguarding Practitioners’ Conference, Bucks New University.

Gallagher, S. (2013) ‘Serious case reviews and the Early Years’, Keynote Lecture, Early Years Student Conference, University of Worcester.

Gallagher, S. (2012) ‘Theorising similarity and difference: Children’s safety and risk according to principles of child welfare practice as recorded in serious case reviews’, Paper Presentation, Celebrating Childhood Diversity, (Fourth International Conference), University of Sheffield.

Gallagher, S. (2012) ‘Dangerous research journeys: researching the significant maltreatment of very young children as a new dad’, Paper Presentation, Research Journeys, (Research Students’ Conference), University of Bath.

Gallagher, S. (2012) ‘Serious case reviews and early intervention’, Annual Safeguarding Practitioners’ Conference, Bucks New University.

External Roles

  • External Examiner – BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families, University of Hull (2019-2023)
  • Governor – Worcestershire Virtual School 
  • Steering Group Member – Quaker Values in Education (QvinE) 
  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy (FHEA), membership of Advance HE