Youth Justice Online - Episode 1 - Sexting and Social Media

Youth Justice Online is a series of short podcasts covering some topical issues in Criminal Law for young people and their parents.

In the first episode of our series, Sandra Paul (Partner) & Áine Kervick (Associate) in our Criminal Litigation team speak about sexting and social media.

They explore the following questions:

  • What is sexting and is it illegal?
  • What content in a message makes it illegal?
  • Does the law deal with the different types of sexting differently?
  • What is the police guidance in this area and what is an Outcome 21?
  • What are examples of sexting and what impact may this have on a criminal record?

Click here to listen to episode two which covers criminal records. 

Further information

For further information on the issues raised in this podcast, please contact a member of our Youth Crime team.

You can also find out more about the work our Youth Crime team cover by clicking here.

About the speakers

Sandra Paul is a partner in our Criminal Litigation team. She has a wealth of experience in criminal and related litigation. The majority of her work concerns defending allegations of sexual misconduct. She works with clients in the UK and abroad, including allegations following the #MeToo campaign.

She has a particular passion and aptitude for working with children and young adults, navigating them safely through the youth justice system. Youth crime is a specialist area in which Sandra is a leader in her field.

Áine Kervick is an associate in our Criminal Litigation team. She provides advice and representation to individuals and corporates from the initial stages of criminal investigations up to trial. She has extensive experience representing children and young people, particularly in relation to online and sexual offences arising out of “sexting” behaviour. She is committed to ensuring the relevant authorities recognise and respect the special rights afforded to children who find themselves within the criminal justice system. She is particularly interested in campaigning work in relation to the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales and improvements to the criminal records system for children and young people.


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