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Sarah Beck

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Associate Head of School (Social Work, Community and Youth Work Studies)

I joined the University of Sunderland in 2018. I am a Registered Social Worker and have worked in social work education in the north east since 2008, after 15 years of practice experience in the field of mental health. I am now privileged to lead an enthusiastic team of experienced academic staff who work across the Social Work and Community and Youth Work Studies courses.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on a range of modules across the BA (Hons), Apprenticeship and MA qualifying Social Work courses. My key areas of interest are mental health, mental capacity, social work law, ethics and values. I have taken the lead in the development of our Social Work Apprenticeship programme and I'm undertaking research into the use of this model of professional education.


I am currently undertaking doctoral research into the use of apprenticeship as a model for social work education.
  • Apprenticeships
  • Mental capacity and the role of the Best Interests Assessor
  • Social work ethics and values

Last updated 06 December 2022