Staff Profiles: Natalie Dowling

Natalie Dowling

Staff Profile: Natalie Dowling
Senior Lecturer in Youth Work and Placement Coordinator

Natalie Dowling

Natalie Dowling

Senior Lecturer in Youth Work and Placement Coordinator

Social Work and Social Care

I have experience working for a range of youth organisations and always enjoyed the new and exciting experiences this brings. Having worked in a range of different environments enables me to bring practice examples into lecture discussions.

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I started my youth work career working on detached youth projects and also became a community member for a referral order panel. I worked for a charity supporting young people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, working in both drop in’s and residential projects. I then became a full-time Youth Development Worker working in both detached and school settings. I returned to university to complete my Masters and began working for a young persons’ substance misuse charity working in early intervention, before providing more intensive support.


Award Title Institution Date
PGCert Academic Practice University of Gloucestershire 2013
MA Youth and Community Work University of East London 2010
BSc Applied Criminology and Social Science Canterbury Christ Church University 2007

Membership of professional bodies

Executive Committee Member Federation for Detached Youth Work

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Institute for Youth Work

Teaching and research


I work on a range of modules across the youth, health and social care courses including, working with children and young people, youth justice theory, youth work theory, mentoring, preparation for learning in the workplace, criminal justice, and managing people in organisations.