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Sarah Sharrock

Sarah Sharrock

Senior Researcher

Crime and Justice

Sarah is a mixed-methods Senior Researcher in NatCen’s Crime and Justice team. She currently leads a qualitative study on the feasibility of a future survey on child abuse (for the Office for National Statistics); an evaluation of the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts programme (for What Works for Children’s Social Care); and mixed-methods research exploring the impacts of Covid-19 on LGBT+ people and services supporting them (for the ESRC UKRI fund).

Sarah has extensive experience of complex and sensitive research with a broad range of participant groups, including victims and survivors of crime, and service users in prison, probation, and community settings. Recent examples of her work include qualitative research with prisoners for an evaluation of the Ministry of Justice’s reform prisons pilot programme; an advocacy evaluation for the Prison Reform Trust of service user involvement in their programme on women’s imprisonment; and a study for HMICFRS to understand victims’ experiences of hate crime. She also contributed to research for the Nuffield Foundation on women’s experience of the asylum appeals process and led mixed-methods research on residential schools’ safeguarding against child sexual abuse (for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse), undertaking interviews and focus groups with children and young people, parents, and relevant professionals.

Sarah is a member of NatCen’s Research Ethics Committee; she also delivers training in qualitative methods to NatCen staff and external organisations.

Sarah holds an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Surrey, where her dissertation explored women’s experiences of homelessness and support services.

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