Staff profile

Sarah Brown

Lecturer in Social and Community Studies


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care degree. I teach, supervise and support students across this programme. 

I joined the University of Derby in 2019 straight from Social Work practice and I like to bring this experience to my teaching.

I am a qualified Social Worker which I gained at the University of Derby in 2005. I also gained a PG Cert in Systemic Thinking & Practice at the University in 2010. It is my experience of studying at the University that has bought me back to teach here. 

I want to be involved in creating a great learning environment which enables students to grapple with difficult concepts, learn from each other as well as the academic team, grow and develop as individuals, and ultimately be filled with enthusiasm for their subject and learning as a whole.

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I have worked in the social care sector since the late 90's, first working as a care aid in an older people's residential home and then moving to work as a Residential Care Worker in a children's home in 2000.

I began studying for my social work qualification whilst I worked in the children's home. My interest in therapeutic ways of working also developed during my time at this children's home as we made use of therapeutic ways of thinking and working in our approach to the children and young people we were looking after. I also gained experience and knowledge of working with young people with harmful sexual behaviour and sexual exploitation during this time & this sparked an interest in this area of work.

I moved to work for the NSPCC in 2007 where I provided a number of services to young people and families in the area such as; Advocacy for children in the child protection system, counselling support to young people and in schools, delivering sexual health groups in schools, working with children and young people who went missing from home and care. I also undertook participation projects with young people in order to change how child protection conferences looked and how they were ran to make them more accessible for children and young people's involvement.

I spent my most recent years at the NSPCC (before I left to work at Derby University) working in sexual abuse; through working with young people who were being sexually exploited, and undertaking group work with women whose partners were sex offenders.  I also recruited, trained and supervised volunteers as part of my role.

Whilst at the NSPCC I was seconded to the Nationwide Training Team and delivered all different levels of child protection and safeguarding training to a multitude of organisations from dentist surgeries to the Cadet Association; it was during this time that teaching became an interest to me.

I have worked in both private and voluntary sectors.