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Sarah Houghton, LSBU

Sarah Houghton

Senior Lecturer

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    020 7815 8124
  • School/Division:
    Health and Social Care / Institute of Vocational Learning

Sarah Houghton is a Senior Lecturer within the Institute of Vocational Learning, in the School of Health and Social Care.

Sarah is an experienced health and social care professional who has worked in a diverse range of challenging and complex environments in the voluntary, charity, private and public sectors for over 25 years. Early in her career Sarah qualified and practiced in law, and following time as a youth worker and health promotion specialist she gained an MA in social work at Brunel University in 1998.

She has since undertaken a variety of front line roles, including assistant principal social worker in children’s services, setting up healthcare systems in prisons, inspecting children’s homes and developing services and supporting young people with cancer.

In 2001 Sarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Young People’s Emotional, Psychosocial and Physical Health at Surrey University, with an emphasis on excellent palliative care and collaborative working. Sarah is passionate about relationship-based practice and supporting those who are marginalised in society.

Until it was disbanded, Sarah was an elected member of the Faculty of Children and Families at the College of Social Work. Sarah has always had a keen interest in Public Health and has been involved in sexual health and relationship education for many years, both at local and national level.

Teaching and training have been part of Sarah’s roles for over 25 years; within schools, the workplace, further education establishments and universities. She obtained her Postgraduate Certificate of Education in 1996 and has since undertaken courses in coaching, mentoring and action learning set techniques.

Sarah has organised and facilitated conferences in different areas of practice, and is a great believer in peer and multi-professional education and reflective practice.

Sarah is passionate that learning is not just an activity to gain a qualification, but one that engenders curiosity and a thirst for knowledge, and can be integrated and applied in practice to improve service provision.

Sarah’s research interests have focused around person-centered care, effectively engaging with young people, adoption and spirituality. She has published a number of articles in social care.

View my publications at
  • Health Care Professionals Council
  • British Association of Social Workers
  • Centre for Social Work Practice

Sarah is a CRUSE Bereavement Care volunteer.