Prof Sarah GalvaniProfessor of Adult Social Care

I joined MMU in September 2014 following six years at the University of Bedfordshire where I was Assistant Director of a social care research centre, the Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care (TGC). Prior to that I held lectureships/senior lectureships at Birmingham and Warwick universities respectively. I completed my PhD on Women's Perspectives: the Role of Alcohol in Violence to Women at University of Hull in 2003.

I am a registered social worker, with a background in mental health, homelessness, and substance use in both the UK and USA. I have also worked for the probation service and with women experiencing domestic abuse. In addition, my voluntary work in palliative care, needle exchange programmes, with people with HIV/Aids, and substance use services has kept me in touch with social care and social work practice.

Research Interests

My research and practice interests stem largely from my practice experiences in the UK and the USA. These include the overlapping issues of substance use and domestic abuse, and substance use in social care education and practice.

Research Grants

  • Alcohol and sight loss: Scoping project PI, £65,000 (Thomas Pocklington Trust/ALR UK). April 2013 – June 2014
  • Project Evaluation: Empowering young people to address domestic and sexual violence Co-applicant, £17,500 (AVA) June 2013-March 2016.
  • Aquarius Community Alcohol Support (CASP) Development Project: A Punjabi Sikh Community PI, £45,000 (Aquarius Action Projects). Apr 2012 – Mar 2013
  • Building Capacity, Bridging Gaps – Substance use in social work. education, training and employment Lead PI (with A Hutchinson and C Dance) £49,000 (ALR UK). Feb 2012 – Mar 2013
  • National Survey of Social Workers: Experiences of Working With Substance Use Co-PI, £45,000 (Tilda Goldberg Charitable Trust). Apr 2010 – Apr 2011
  • Evaluation of the Embrace Project, Alcohol Concern £3,750 (funded by Alcohol Concern) Co-researcher. Apr 2008- Mar 2011
  • Evaluation of CASA Family Service CASA Social Care Ltd - PI. £20,000. Oct 2010 – Mar 2011
  • The Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care Social Care Trust, led by D. Forrester, with M. Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire. £1.1million. Mar 2009 – Mar 2014
  • Social Work Services and Recovery from Substance Misuse: A Review of the Evidence Scottish Executive - PI, with D Forrester. £20,000. Mar 2010– Sep 2010
  • Luton Domestic Violence Strategy: Groundwork (led by J. Neale, Univ of Beds.) £20,000. Luton Borough Council. Feb 2009 – Jul 2009
  • Improving social work responses to parental substance use: models of good practice for social work education PI (with D Forrester). £15,000. SWAP. Oct 2008 - Jun 2009
  • Supporting children and family members: substance use and domestic abuse PI (combined research and practice development bid in partnership with Adfam and the Stella Project). Comic Relief. £8000 (part of £80,000 grant). Dec 2008 - Dec 2011
  • What works in training social workers about drug and alcohol use? A survey of student learning and readiness to practice PI. (with D. Forrester). Home Office. £16,000. Jan - Mar 2008

Professional Body Membership and Activity

  • Health and Care Professions Council – Registered Social Worker
  • Higher Education Authority – Fellow
  • The College of Social Work – Member and Mental Health Faculty Steering Group Member (elected)
  • BASW - Member
  • European Social Work Research Association - Member
  • Public Health England Mental Health Intelligence Network (MHIN) – Dual Diagnosis Committee Member (on behalf of TCSW)

Research advisory group membership (invited)

  • Homeless Women (Tara) Project, University of Bristol (Sep 2011 – Apr 2013)
  • Substance using women involved in prostitution project, Drugscope/Stella Project (Jan 2012 – Apr 2013)

Other Responsibilities

  • AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) (formerly GLDVP) – Trustee since 2010
  • Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service - Trustee since 2014
  • Griffin School Trust - Trustee since 2013
  • The Stella Project, London - Steering group member since 2002

Editorships and Consultancies

  • Social Work Education: the International Journal, Reviews Editor; Chair of Editor Appointment Panel (2009-Present)
  • Practice: Social work in action (2008-2013)
  • Peer reviewer for ESRC research bids (Ongoing)
  • Referee for Peer reviewed journals including: Journal of Substance Use, International Journal of Drug Policy, Alcohol and Alcoholism, Violence against Women, Addiction Research and Theory, European Journal of Social Work, British Journal of Social Work, Child Abuse Review (2001-Present)

Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

  • National documentation on roles, functions and capabilities of social workers for working with substance use, Public Health England (in production)
  • Series of Curriculum Development Reports, Briefings, Information Papers for Social Work Educators – Substance Use in Social Work Education. SWAP, 2008 - 2009
  • Pilot Pocket Guide for Social Workers on Alcohol and Drugs, (Editor) Jun – Sep 2010
  • Guidance for Social Work Educators on topic of Substance Use for The College of Social Work SWAP/TCSW, 2011/12
  • Four Pocket Guides for Social Workers on Alcohol and Other Drugs: Older People, Younger People, Mental Health, Children and Families. Co-Author/Series Editor. Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
  • Welsh Versions of Five Pocket Guides for Social Workers on Alcohol and Other Drugs. Editor.
  • BASW Special Interest Group – Alcohol and Drugs - Founding member (2007) and Chair.
  • Department of Health Applied Professions Advisory Group on Drug and Alcohol Strategy – Social Work Representative
  • Guest presentations at international, national, regional and local conferences.

Impact

Much of my work is in partnership with local, regional and national charities and organisations that are looking to develop their understanding or improve their services in some way. From service evaluations and scoping studies to national surveys, the end result for my research is its application to practice. In recent years I have been researching new areas where alcohol use is under-explored, for example with people with sight loss and with a Punjabi Sikh community. These have both fed into the development of services and guidance for a range of professionals.

I have led a range of studies focussing on the experience, training and education of social workers in substance use. Together with my work leading BASW's Special Interest Group in Alcohol and other drugs, they have raised the profile of substance use in social work education for the last decade. This includes being invited to write The College of Social Work’s (TCSW) guidance for social work educators on substance use for the revised qualifying programmes in England (2012). My research has also influenced the profile of substance use teaching in social work, including the provision of materials for the Higher Education Academy (e.g. SWAP with Donald Forrester) and which were identified by SWAP as an example of excellence in teaching. My work on the BASW series of substance related pocket guides have been distributed to over 20,000 social workers and other materials from my research have been distributed to every UK qualifying programme.

My work (with Donald Forrester) reviewing the literature on substance use and social work for the Scottish Government served to inform the ‘recovery’ policy and underpinned the recent development work with social work educators and local authorities.

My work has also had an impact on services for families where substance misuse is linked to domestic violence. For example, Adfam and Stella Project developed resources for families on living with substance use and domestic abuse.

Research Outputs

Books

Galvani, S. (2012) Alcohol, drugs and social work. Social Work in Practice series. Bristol: Policy Press

Galvani, S. (2010) The role of alcohol in violence against women. Lambert Academic Publishing

Book chapters

Galvani, S. (2014) “Friend or foe: domestic violence and women’s use of alcohol.” In: P. Staddon (ed.) (2014) Women’s alcohol issues: sociological perspectives. (forthcoming)

Galvani, S. (2014) “Using Evidence to Inform Working with People who Use Substances”. In: M. Webber (2014) Using evidence in social work practice. Palgrave. (forthcoming)

Galvani, S. (2013) “Alcohol or drug problems”. In: M. Davies (ed.) (2013) The Blackwell Companion to Social Work. (4th edition). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing

Galvani, S. and Wadd, S. (2012) “Working with people who use substances.” In: M. Davies (ed.) (2012) Social Work with Adults, London: Routledge

Galvani, S. and Thurnham, A. (2012) “Social Policy and Substance Use.” In: M. Davies (ed.) (2012) Social Work with Adults, London: Routledge

Galvani, S. (2008) “Working together: responding to people with alcohol and drug problems.” In: K. Morris (ed.) (2008) Social Work and Multi-Agency Working – Making a Difference. Bristol: Policy Press

Galvani, S. (2007) “Alcohol or drug problems”. In: M. Davies (ed.) (2007) The Blackwell Companion to Social Work. (3rd edition). Oxford: Blackwell Publishing

Journal articles

Manders, G. and Galvani, S. (2015) “Learning from the research process: discussing sensitive topics as a cultural outsider.” Social Work Education: The International Journal. (forthcoming)

Galvani, S. and Allnock, D. (2014) “The nature and extent of substance use education in qualifying social work programmes in England”. Social Work Education: The International Journal – Special Issue. 33 (5), 573-589

Wadd, S. and Galvani, S. (2014) “Challenges in identifying and intervening with alcohol problems in older people: a qualitative study.” Social Work Education: The International Journal – Special Issue. 33 (5), 656-670

Dance, C. and Galvani, S. (2014) “Substance use and disabilities: experiences of adults’ social care professionals and the implications for education and training.” Social Work Education: The International Journal – Special Issue. 33 (5) 670-685

Dance, C., Galvani, S. and Hutchinson, A. (2014) “The extent and nature of practitioners encounters with alcohol and other drug use in social work and social care practice.” Social Work Education: The International Journal – Special Issue. 33 (5), 557-572

Galvani, S. (2013) “’Drugs and relationships don’t work’: children’s and young people’s views of substance use and intimate relationships.” Child Abuse Review (2013)
DOI: 10.1002/car.2292

Galvani, S., Hutchinson, A. and Dance, C. (2013) “Substance use training experiences and needs: findings from a national survey of social care professionals in England.” Social Work Education, 32 (7), 888-905

Galvani, S., Hutchinson, A. and Dance, C. (2013) “Identifying and assessing substance use: findings from a national survey of social work and social care professionals.” British Journal of Social Work, 44 (7), 1895-1913

Galvani, S., Hutchinson, A. and Dance, C (2013) “Working with substance use: Levels and predictors of positive therapeutic attitudes across social care practitioners in England.” Drugs, Education, Prevention and Policy, 2013, 20 (4), 312-321

Galvani, S. (2012) “Drugs, alcohol and postcode lotteries.” Professional Social Work, November

George, S., Boulay, S. and Galvani, S. (2011) “Domestic abuse among women who misuse psychoactive substances: an overview for the clinician.” Addictive Disorders and their Treatment 10 (2), 43-49

Galvani, S. and Forrester, D. (2011) “How well prepared are newly qualified social workers for working with substance use issues? Findings from a national survey.” Social Work Education, 30 (4), 422-439

Galvani, S. and Hughes, N. (2010) “Working with alcohol and drug use: exploring the knowledge and attitudes of social work students” British Journal of Social Work, 40, 946–962

Galvani, S. (2007) “Refusing to listen: are we failing the needs of people with alcohol and drug problems?” Social Work Education. 27 (7), 697-707

Galvani, S. (2007) “Safety in numbers? Tackling domestic abuse in couples and network therapies.” Drug and Alcohol Review. 26, 175-181

Galvani, S. (2006) “Safety First? The impact of domestic abuse on women’s treatment experience.” Journal of Substance Use, 11 (6), 395-408

Galvani, S. (2006) “Response. Problem drug users and assault.” International Journal of Drug Policy, 17, 248-249

Galvani, S. (2006) “Alcohol and Domestic Violence: Women’s views”. Violence against Women. 12 (7), 641-662

Galvani, S. and Raby, S. (2005) “Seeing the blindingly obvious: alcohol, drugs and domestic abuse.” New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group annual journal, 30, 63-73

McCarthy, T. And Galvani, S. (2004) “SCARS: a new model for social work with substance users.” Practice. 16 (2), 85-97

Galvani, S. (2004) “Responsible disinhibition: Alcohol, men and violence to women.” Addiction Research and Theory. 12 (4), 357-371

Galvani, S. (2001) “The role of alcohol in violence against women: why should social work care?” Practice, 13 (2), 5-20

Research Reports

Galvani, S., Livingston, W. and Morgan, H. (2014) “Alcohol Insight: Alcohol, other drugs and sight loss.” Online research summary for funders' websites.

Galvani, S., Livingston, W. and Morgan, H. (2014) “Alcohol, other drugs and sight loss: a scoping study.” Final Report. Co-funded Thomas Pocklington Trust and Alcohol Research UK.

Series of Evidence Reviews commissioned by Aquarius Action Projects:

  • Galvani, S. (2013) “Effective Alcohol Interventions for the Punjabi Sikh Community.”
  • Galvani, S. (2013) “Effective Community Alcohol Support Interventions.”
  • Manders, G. and Galvani, S. (2013) “Effective Family Alcohol Interventions for the Punjabi Sikh Community.”
  • Manders, G. and Galvani, S. (2013) “Effective Alcohol Prevention and Education Initiatives.”

Galvani, S. and Manders, G. with Wadd, S. and Chaudhry, S. (2013) “Developing a Community Alcohol Support Package: An exploratory study with a Punjabi Sikh Community.” Final Report.

Galvani, S. and Allnock, D. (2013) “Building Capacity, Bridging Gaps – Strand 2 - Alcohol and other drugs in social work education.” Final Report,

Galvani, S., Allnock, D., Dance, C. and Hutchinson, A. (2013) “Building Capacity, Bridging Gaps – Substance use in social work, education, training and employment.” Summary Report: Strands 1-3. Also Editor of colleagues’ final reports, Research Briefings and Alcohol Insights for the three strands of the project.

Galvani, S. and Allnock , D. (2013) “Alcohol Insight 105: Substance Use in Social Work Education: A National Survey of Social Work Qualifying Programmes in England.” Online research summary for funder’s website.

Galvani, S., Dance, C. and Hutchinson, A. (2011) “From the front line: alcohol, drugs and social care practice. A national study.” Final report.

Galvani, S., Wadd, S. and Glynn, G. (2011) “Evaluation of the CASA Family Service.” Final report to funder.

Templeton, L. and Galvani, S. (2011) “Think Family Safely: Enhancing the Response of Alcohol Services to Domestic Abuse and Families. External Evaluation.” Final report to Big Lottery Fund via Alcohol Concern.

Wadd, S., Galvani, S. and Glynn, G. (2011) “The CASA Family Service: Model Evaluation.” Final report to CASA Family Service

Galvani, S. and Forrester, D. with Glynn, G., McCann, M., Guppy, A., Helmsley, C., Hilson, M. and Thurnham, A. (2011) “Social Work Services and Recovery from Substance Misuse: A Review of the Evidence.” Edinburgh: Scottish Government. Full report and Summary of Findings.

Galvani, S. (2011) “Social Work Services and Recovery from Substance Misuse: A Review of the Evidence. Practitioner’s Briefing.” Edinburgh: ADSW/IRISS.

Galvani, S. (2010) “Supporting families affected by substance use and domestic violence.” Report for Comic Relief

Galvani, S. and Neale, J. (2009) “Groundwork to Inform the Development of Luton’s 2009-2012 Domestic Abuse Strategy”

Galvani, S. and Forrester, D. (2009) “Parental substance use and children at risk: a review of the evidence.’ Report for Welsh Assembly Government.”

Galvani, S. and Forrester, D. (2009) “Integrated and inter-professional working: a review of the evidence.’ Report for Welsh Assembly Government.”

Galvani, S. and Forrester, D. (2008) “What works in training social workers about drug and alcohol use? A survey of student learning and readiness to practice. Final report (draft) for the Home Office.”

Galvani, S. (2008) “Think Family: A Literature Review of Whole Family Approaches.” London: Cabinet Office

Morris, K., Hughes, N., Clarke, H., Tew, J., Mason, P., Galvani, S., Lewis, A., Loveless, L., Becker, S., and Burford, G. (2008). “Interim Report for the Social Exclusion Unit, Cabinet Office”

Mason, P. et al (2007) “Access to justice for vulnerable groups: exploring issues of age, identity, health, and social conditions.” Research report for the Department of Constitutional Affairs.

Galvani, S. (2006) “Looking Beyond Risk: Parental Substance Misuse: Scoping Study.’ Research report to Scottish Executive.” Interim report and final published report to funders of scoping study exploring the literature on parental substance use (with colleagues from University of Bath).

Galvani S. and Humphreys, C. (2005) “The impact of violence and abuse on engagement and retention rates for women in substance use treatment.” Research Report to National Treatment Agency. Final report to funder for research exploring the links between women’s experiences of domestic abuse and their engagement and retention in substance use treatment.

Other types of output

Galvani, S. and Allnock, D. (2013) Research Briefing: “A survey of substance use education within qualifying social work programmes in England”

Galvani, S. (ed.) (2013) Welsh Translations of five Pocket Guides for Social Workers on Alcohol and other Drugs. Funded by Isle of Anglesey County Council

Galvani, S. (2012) Foreword - Adfam/AVA Project Report “Between a rock and a hard place: how parents deal with children who use substances and perpetrate abuse.”

Galvani, S. (ed.) (2012) Pocket Guides for Social Workers on Alcohol and other Drugs. Funded by Comic Relief via BASW:
  • ”Pocket Guide for Social Workers on Young People and Alcohol.” Author and Editor
  • ”Pocket Guide for Social Workers on Mental Health and Substance Use.” Author and Editor
  • ”Pocket Guide for Social Workers on Older People and Alcohol.” Editor
  • ”Pocket Guide for Social Workers on Children, Families and Substance use” - Editor

Galvani, S. (2012) “Curriculum Guidance: Substance use.” The College of Social Work

Galvani, S. (2011) “Practitioners’ Briefing: Social Work Services” and “Recovery from Substance Misuse: A Review of the Evidence”, ADSW/University of Bedfordshire

Galvani, S. (2010) “Grasping the nettle: alcohol and domestic violence.” Acquire. 2nd edition. June

Galvani, S. (2010) “Living with domestic abuse and substance use.” Factsheet for the national charity ADFAM

Galvani, S. (2010) “Care or control? Part II.” (with Grace, AA service user) Drink and Drug News, 15 March

Galvani, S. (2009) “Care or control? AA and domestic violence.” (with Grace, AA service user) Drink and Drug News, 16 November

Galvani, S. and McCarthy, T. (eds.) (2009) “Pocket Guide for Social Workers on Alcohol and Other Drugs.” Funded by NTA and AERC, subsidised by BASW

Galvani, S. (2009) Series of curriculum development materials for online dissemination via SWAP:

  • ”SWAP Learning and teaching digest: integrating substance use teaching into the social work curriculum.”
  • ”SWAP Helpsheet: involving alcohol and other drug specialists in social work education.”
  • ”SWAP Information sheet: domestic violence and substance use in the social work curriculum.”
  • ”SWAP Information sheet: Key resources for teaching substance use.”
  • ”SWAP Case studies: teaching substance use in social work education.”
  • (with Forrester, D.) “SWAP Social Work and substance use. teaching the basics.”

Galvani, S. (2006) “Safeguarding children: working with parental alcohol problems and domestic abuse.” Alcohol Concern, London

Supervised Research Student Titles

  • The experience of social work ethics for students on a qualifying social work course.
  • Exploring reasons for clients’ non-attendance in community alcohol services.
  • The relational management of risk and anxiety in mental health practice.
  • Drinking motivations.

Current Teaching Input

I currently co-facilitate the dissertation module for the MA in Social Care and contribute to other units on the social work and social care programmes within MMU and as an external guest speaker.

I have four part time PhD students studying at MMU and University of Bedfordshire.

Sarah Galvani

Research Centre

Social Change & Wellbeing

Department

Department of Social Care and Social Work
Birley Building
Birley Fields Campus
53 Bonsall Street
Manchester
M15 6GX

Tel: 0161 247 2579

Email: s.galvani@mmu.ac.uk

Twitter: @SarahGalvani1