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Director of the Youth Justice Network

 Faith imageDr. Faith Gordon has over ten years’ experience researching in the area of children, young people and the media and is currently a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Westminster, London.  She is writing a sole-authored monograph for Palgrave Macmillan’s Socio-Legal Series.  Faith was previously a Visiting Research Fellow at School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast and prior to that was an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow on a knowledge exchange project entitled: ‘Identifying and Challenging Negative Media Representations of Children and Young People in Northern Ireland’.

Faith regularly advises the children’s and youth sectors and has been a Consultant in the drafting of the sector’s Alternative Report for submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Children (2008; 2015).  Faith’s expertise and research findings have been and continue to be utilised by legal practitioners in Northern Ireland, with the most recent being a Judicial Review relating to pre-charge identification of a young person aged under the age of 18.  Faith has written several commentary pieces and has been interviewed by Radio 4’s ‘The Media Show’ on journalists’ use of children’s and young people’s social media.  Faith was appointed in January 2015 and is an active Trustee for Headliners UK.  Dr. Faith Gordon joined the University of Westminster as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2016.  Previously, Faith taught at Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster in the areas of: criminal justice, criminal law; criminal process; crime and disorder; evidence; gender and the media; youth justice; media representations and research methods. Faith’s staff homepage: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/gordon-faith

Faith’s e-mail address: F.Gordon@westminster.ac.uk Faith’s work can be followed on Twitter: @Dr_FaithG


Deputy Director of the Youth Justice Network

hollypj-work-picMiss Holly Powell-Jones is a Media Law lecturer, journalist and third year PhD candidate at City, University of London.  Holly works as a freelance media tutor, designing bespoke courses for businesses, charities and schools on how they can best make use of traditional and new media.  Her specialism is ‘Online and Social Media Law and Ethics’; this is a course designed to educate people about the legal and ethical risks they need to be aware of in terms of online content, digital communications and social media. Her project in Surrey secondary schools, delivered in collaboration with Eagle Radio Ltd., receives annual grant funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office. It has been running since June 2013 and reaches approximately 10,000 pupils across 50 schools every year. Holly is currently finalising her PhD, which investigates teenagers’ perceptions of social media offences, and teaches Criminology, Media and Journalism students at university level.

Previously, Holly worked as a newsreader and reporter for a variety of radio stations (including Heart FM, XFM, Smooth Radio, Eagle Radio and Premier Christian Radio) and created broadcast content for BBC Radio London and IMG Media. Holly also has experience as a television reporter and producer for The Media Trust’s youth news scheme ‘London 360′ – a fortnightly current affairs show broadcasting on Community Channel (Sky, Virgin and Freeview).  To find out more about Holly’s academic work, visit CityCyberResearch.com and Linkedin.com/in/hollypowelljones

Holly’s e-mail address: Holly.Powell-Jones@city.ac.uk Holly’s work can also be followed on Twitter: @Holly_PJ  and @OnlineMediaLaw


Internal Steering Group Committee

In addition to the Director and Deputy Director, there is an internal steering group committee for this network.  The Steering Group Committee meet monthly and Mr. David Manlow will chair the Steering Group Committee meetings.

Mr. David Manlow

Principal Lecturer and Course leader for Undergraduate Criminology, University of Westminster – D.Manlow@westminster.ac.uk


Professor Sarah Niblock

Associate Dean, Undergraduate, Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster – S.Niblock@westminster.ac.uk


Professor Lisa Webley

Professor of Empirical Legal Studies, School of Law, University of Westminster –L.Webley@westminster.ac.uk


Professor Steve Case

Professor of Criminology at Loughborough University – s.case@lboro.ac.uk


Dr. Simon Flacks

Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Westminster – S.Flacks@westminster.ac.uk


Undergraduate Student/Students Representative/s

Open to students from pathways such as Criminology; Sociology; Law; Sociology; Journalism