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Stuart Gallagher

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, Link Tutor, Institute of Education Work and Placement Based Learning Co-ordinator, Nominated Safeguarding Officer, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 855052

I am delighted to work with students, colleagues and professional partners in the Centre for Children and Families and the University of Worcester more widely. My interests lie in the development of change-makers in children’s services through higher education. I try to support students and colleagues to integrate personal development with practice change.  

I take this seriously, especially the fun bits.  

Previously, I worked as an education welfare officer (EWO) for a number of English local authorities, a home tutor to school excluded children and a basic skills tutor for vulnerable children. I also volunteered my time to assist in homelessness and asylum-seeking assistance.  

Even more previously than that, I tried to grow up in a variety of jobs: forklift driver, bicycle courier, archaeological excavation assistant, building site tea-maker, Mediterranean tour guide, academic copy-editor ... a wiggly-waggly kind of career path.  

When not on my bike, I can usually be found in the Bredon Building on St John’s Campus – room BB098. Please pop in to say hello. I would be delighted to meet you.     


MPhil (University of Bath, 2015)
MLitt (with Distinction) (University of St Andrews, 2002)      
BA Hons (First Class) (Trinity College Dublin, 1999)

Continuing professional development at the University of Worcester

Academic Course Leadership (2016)
Team Leaders Certificate (2015)
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2014)      





Stuart is one of the Institute of Education’s four nominated safeguarding officers (alongside Judy Miller, Sharon Smith and Deborah Langston), led by Catriona Robinson, associate head of the Institute. This team works to support all students and staff within the Institute of Education to apply the principles and policies of the State and the University of Worcester regarding the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, in particular when concerns arise during students’ work-based learning and placement-based learning blocks.

Stuart regularly attends the university’s safeguarding sub-committee.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research


Stuart teaches across a number of our courses and levels at Worcester as well as in flexible-and-distributed learning environments (FDL).

At Level 4, Stuart works with students through the FdA Early Years FDL route. He leads the module Protecting and Safeguarding: Working Together for the Child (FDEY1503). This engages Early Years students with the Munro Review of Child Protection and its implications for reflective practice, early help and multi-agency working.

At Level 5, Stuart continues his safeguarding work with students on the FdA Collaborative Working with Children, Young People and Families FDL route. The module Safeguarding Children’s Rights in Family Contexts (FDCF2502) supports students to find a way to advocate for children’s and young people’s voices amid the cacophony and clamour of family support assessments and service provision).

Stuart also supervises these students’ Long Studies (FDCF2504). These research studies encourage students to delve deeply into an area of family support practice that is of particular interest to them and to research it from the perspective of professional supervision. Each student produces a 7000-word analytic report.

At Level 6, Stuart works with students on both BA (Hons) programmes offered by the Centre for Children and Families.

On the degree Early Childhood (Professional Practice), Stuart leads the module Deconstructing and Reconstructing Childhood (ECPP3101). Here, we approach early childhood from a sociological perspective and adapt Ruth Levitas’s Utopia As Method in order to work out what how students can continue to make a positive and critical difference to the childhoods of flesh-and-blood children after their graduation through the ‘imaginary reconstruction of childhood’.

Stuart teaches students engaged in our top-up degree, Integrated Working with Children and Families, through its module Integrated Support for Children and Families: Policy, Practice and Leadership (IWCF3005). We use problem-based learning activities to draw out conclusions regarding the place of leadership in practicing integrated work across services working with children and families.

Stuart also supervises Level 6 students’ independent studies.

In addition, Stuart also supervises and assesses students’ practice-based learning portfolios on all undergraduate courses.       


Stuart’s research focuses on safeguarding, child protection and professional learning in particular. His most recent thesis applied theories of learning and learning science to serious case reviews of child maltreatment to determine ways forward for professional practice.

Stuart is developing this research into a new Postgraduate Certificate in Culture Change in Safeguarding which should launch in September 2018 (subject to approval).

Ongoing research interests include civil disobedience and professional rebelliousness in the development of Early Years and children’s services. He is particularly keen to develop research on enterprise in human welfare organisations.

Stuart is currently designing a research project that focuses on the concept of corporate parenting, theories of learning and ‘Quaker’ approaches to higher education.

Stuart is keen to develop his academic collaborations with and amongst our own undergraduate students through the university’s Students as Academic Partners initiative – please get in touch with him to discuss your ideas.


Publications & Presentations

Publications & Presentations

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) Contenporary Issues in Childhood: A bio-ecological approach, Routledge: London and New York, 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, Critical Publishing: St Albans, 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, Critical Publishing: St Albans, 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.

Conference presentations


Centre for Early Childhood Partnership Research Conference, Making our voices heard: children, families and practitioners,  University of Worcester (Paper presentation)

Cacophony and clamour: how can children speak up when no one will shut up?


Ninth BASPCAN International Congress, New directions in child protection and wellbeing: making a real difference to children’s lives, Edinburgh (Paper presentation)

Learning to prevent the maltreatment of babies and young children: a contribution of pedagogic design innovation in an undergraduate Early Years professional practice programme


International Professional Symposium, Safeguarding vulnerable children and adults: risk and vulnerability, Bucks New University (Invited panel member)

Safeguarding vulnerable children and adults: the professional dilemma


Annual Safeguarding Practitioners’ Conference, Bucks New University (Invited speaker and workshop leader)

The Common Assessment Framework and child protection

Foundation Degree Student Conference, University of Worcester (Keynote speaker)

Serious case reviews and the Early Years


Fourth International Conference, Celebrating childhood diversity, University of Sheffield (Paper presentation)

Theorising similarity and difference: children’s safety and risk according to principles of child welfare practice as recorded in serious case reviews

Research Students’ Conference, Research Journeys, University of Bath (Paper presentation)

Dangerous research journeys: researching the significant maltreatment of very young children as a new dad

Annual Safeguarding Practitioners’ Conference, Bucks New University (Invited speaker) (Available to view online)

Serious case reviews and early intervention

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Stuart is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and member of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN).