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Humanities and Social Science

Dr Sarah Greenhow

Dr Sarah Greenhow

Telephone: 0151 231 5087


Sarah joined LJMU as a lecturer in Criminology in 2014. Sarah's PhD explored the impact of social media (and other communication technologies) on post-adoption contact between adopted children and their birth relatives. The research looked at the risks and benefits of technological forms of contact and how these methods interact with more traditional forms of communication.

Sarah's main research interests include adoption, children and young people's use of communication technologies (particularly vulnerable children), child protection and social work responses, and the criminalisation and victimisation of looked-after children.

Sarah is currently undertaking a QR funded project exploring multi-agency responses to the victimisation and criminalisation of Looked-After Children. Sarah is also working with Liverpool City Council to evaluate an innovative intervention with looked after children which aims to improve their educational engagement as they transition from primary to secondary education.

Sarah is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the LJMU Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion.


2015, Durham University, United Kingdom, PhD in Applied Social Sciences
2011, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MA, Research Methodology (Sociology & Social Policy)
2009, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, BA, Criminology & Sociology

Academic appointments

Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2014 - present


Conference publication

Tickle SJ, Greenhow S. 2018. Navigating online space: risk and harm experienced by vulnerable children and young people in a coastal resort. The Howard League, Redesigning Justice: Promoting civil rights, trust and fairness

Greenhow SK, Shaw J. 2016. Professional responses to looked-after children who come into contact with the Youth Justice System in the UK Social Work with Youth in Conflict with Law, Inter-University Centre

Greenhow SK, Meins E, Jones C, Hackett S, Bell M. 2015. Mind-Mindedness in Parents who Adopted Children from the Care System Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Greenhow SK. 2015. Post-Adoption Contact in the Facebook Era: Risks and opportunities for adopted children and their families BASPCAN Congress 2015: New Directions in Child Protection and Well-being

Greenhow SK. 2013. Chatting Online With My Other Mother: A survey of 101 adoptive parents International Conference of Adoption Research 4 (ICAR4)

Greenhow SK. 2012. Chatting online with my other mother: The emergence of 'virtual contact' Social Work Social Devlopment: Action and Impact

Greenhow SK, Tickle S. Navigating online risk and harm experienced by vulnerable children in a coastal resort. European Group for the Study of Deviance & Social Control

Greenhow SK. The vulnerability of children in state care to exploitation: The challenges of multi-agency responses within a context of austerity. EuroCrim

Journal article

Fishburn S, Meins E, Greenhow S, Jones C, Hackett S, Biehal N, Baldwin H, Cusworth L, Wade J. 2017. Mind-Mindedness in Parents of Looked After Children Developmental Psychology, 53 :1954-1965 >DOI >Public Url

Greenhow SK, Hackett S, Jones C, Meins E. 2015. Adoptive family experiences of post-adoption contact in an Internet era Child & Family Social Work, >DOI >Public Url

Greenhow SK, Hackett S, Jones C, Meins E. The Maintenance of Traditional and Technological forms of Post-Adoption Contact Child Abuse Review, 25 :373-385 >DOI >Public Url


Greenhow SK. 2014. Chatting online with my other mother: The emergence of ‘virtual contact’ Hessle S. Global Social Transformation and Social Action: The role of social workers :154-159 Ashgate. Surrey

Engagement & Impact

Research Grants Awarded:

QR Research Fund LJMU, Multi-agency responses to the criminalisation and victimisation of looked-after children., Dr Julie Shaw, Grant value (£): 1,128

QR Research Fund LJMU, Navigating Online space: risk and harm experienced by vulnerable children and young people in a coastal resort., Sarah Greenhow, Grant value (£): 1447.00, Duration of research project: 13 months