Stuart Gallagher

man with a dark top and beard

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, Children and Families. Chair (exam boards and course approvals)

Children and Families

Contact Details

email: s.gallagher@worc.ac.uk
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.

 

Qualifications

  • 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

Research Interests

Stuart’s research focuses on theories of learning and leadership in organisational safeguarding cultures, Early Years, early help and early intervention, family support, utopian childhoods and social pedagogy.

Course leadership

Stuart leads the following two courses:

Stuart led both courses through the approval process, including their pedagogic design and their module content.

Teaching Interests

In recent years, Stuart’s teaching has included the following modules (as examples):

  • Learning Cultures in Safeguarding: Reflective organisations (PCSC4001)
  • Cultures of Vigilance: Reflexive leaders (PCSC4002)
  • Transitions into Higher Education and Transformation of Practice (FDCF1501)
  • 21st-Century Family: Diversity and support (FDCF1503)
  • Employability in Landscapes of Current Child Welfare Practice (FDCF2503)
  • Deconstructing and Reconstructing Childhood: Whose childhood is it? (ECPP3101)

Guest lectures

Stuart has also been an invited guest lecturer on the Education Studies BA (Hons) and Understanding Domestic and Sexual Violence MA courses at the University of Worcester.

Professional Bodies

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

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

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.

PRESENTATIONS

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
  • Governor – Worcestershire Virtual School 
  • Steering Group Member – Quaker Values in Education (QvinE) 
  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy (FHEA), membership of Advance HE