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Ms Sarah Sein

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6267




Personal profile

Sarah Sein is an experienced academic lecturer and former senior manager in the Probation Service, with a wide range of knowledge and skills. She has a strong history in training and organisational development on national, regional and local levels and has worked in strategic and change management, operational delivery, and partnerships.

Sarah has been working at De Montfort University since April 2015 as a senior lecturer, involved with delivery of the Probation Qualifications pathways, under a contract with the Ministry of Justice.  We work as an academic team, committed to providing the best possible quality learning provision for students aspiring to become probation officers (levels 4 and 5), as well as students already embarked upon the qualification programme (level 6).

Her primary responsibility is module leader for the Offender Management Approaches and Interventions module, which together with three other modules, forms the academic pathway to qualification.  This module focuses upon the role of the probation officer in managing cases and working towards rehabilitation and protecting the public.

Publications and outputs

  • “When the going gets tough, will the tough get going? Retaining staff in challenging times”, Eadie T and Sein SW, Vista Vol 10 No 3, 2006
  • “Report on longitudinal research project: Probation Officer Retention”. Supported by Midlands Consortium, 2004.
  • “Key issues for beginning probation officers’ training, support and development needs”, International Conference, Exchange of Experiences and Good Practices for the Development of a Probation Service, British Council, Bulgaria, 2003.
  • Pre-Sentence (PSR) Training Video, Midlands Consortium, 2001.
  • Anti-Racist Community Justice Training CD-ROM, TSC Productions, 2001.
  • ‘A Practice Teacher’s Perspective on the Changes:  The Importance of Holding onto Anti-Oppressive Practice’ in ‘The Empowerment of Practice Teachers in the Changing Context of Qualifying Training’ edited by: Charlotte Knight, Richard Taylor, CCETSW, 1996
  • ‘Black Consultancy in Practice Teaching’ a report by Probation Tutors, Practice Teachers and Placement Co-ordinators in the East Midlands.  CCETSW, 1994.

Key research outputs

  • Rehabilitation of offenders
  • The role of the arts in criminal justice
  • Diversity teaching and learning
  • Staff development and training

Areas of teaching

  • Probation practice
  • Offender management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Diversity
  • Reflective practice


  • 2013/15 Studying for Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring ILM Level 7
  • 2013 Certificate in Safety for Senior Executives, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
  • 2009 Certificate in Public Service Delivery (with merit), (Civil Service qualification), Westminster Explained                   
  • 2009 Accreditation – MoJ NOMS diversity trainer
  • 1994 Practice Teaching Award, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 1983 MA in Social Work and CQSW, University of Nottingham                                               
  • 1979 BA Honours in English and Philosophy, University of Nottingham           

Courses taught

  • BA (Hons) Graduate Diploma Community Justice Learning

Honours and awards


  • 2008 - Received a Derbyshire Community Justice award for crime prevention for the initiation of an Offender Arts Competition, in partnership with a local charity, Crimebeat and the Local Education Authority. 


Membership of external committees


  • Member of the Probation Institute, 2016


Professional licences and certificates


  • 1994 Practice Teaching Award, Sheffield Hallam University
  • 1983 MA in Social Work and CQSW, University of Nottingham


Conference attendance


  • Probation Student Conference, Probation Institute, 2017, DMU, Conference Organiser.
  • Emotions in Criminal Justice Conference, 2016, DMU, Seminar Chair.
  • "The Heart of the Probation Service: Working with People to Change Lives in a Changing Landscape", Quakers in Criminal Justice Conference, 2014
  • “Findings from longitudinal research project: Probation Officer Retention”.  Midlands Consortium AGM, 2002.
  • “What is the role and significance of reflective practice in the contemporary Probation Service?” SASE Conference, Amsterdam, 2001.
  • “What are the current implications for women working with women in the criminal justice and family court systems?” Women in NAPO Conference, 2000.
  • “Developing a strategic policy for working with women” What Works with Women Conference, 1997.