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Prof Kim Holt

Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

Kim is Professor of Family Law, at Northumbria University. Kim was Head of Department for Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing for 6 years, before joining the law school in November 2019.

Prior to her appointment at Northumbria University in 2013, Kim practiced as a Social Worker and Children's Guardian for over 20 years, and was Head of Department at the University of Bradford for 11 years. 

As a qualified and practicing Barrister at Trinity Chambers in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Kim continues a career in Child Protection and Family Law that spans over 30 years. As a Barrister Kim is instructed in complex public law and private law matters, and she is committed to ensuring that individuals who experience a range of vulnerabilities have access to justice.

https://www.trinitychambers.co.uk/people/barristers/professor-kim-holt/

Kim has been involved in Serious Case Reviews as a chair, author and committee member for 32 years, and her work in this area continues to have impact both in social work and legal contexts.

Recent research projects include the Young Smiles Project funded by the NIHR. Collaborating with colleagues at the University of Manchester and the University of York, the project examines the effectiveness of online therapeutic technologies for children whose parents have serious mental health difficulties.

Kim is currently working together with colleagues at Northumbria University, and a range of stakeholders on a research project examining the effectiveness of public inquiries into historical allegations of child abuse.

Kim was recently appointed to the Board of Governors at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Mental Health Trust. Kim's specific interest is improving the health and wellbeing of children, and access to a range of services that meet the needs of both children and their families.

Kim continues to publish extensively in the area of Family Law.

Kim Holt

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Kim is Professor of Family Law at Northumbria University. 

As a qualified and practicing barrister at Trinity Chambers in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Kim continues a career in Child Protection and Family Law that spans over 30 years. As a barrister Kim is instructed in complex public law and private law matters, and she is committed to ensuring that individuals who experience a range of vulnerabilities have access to justice.

Kim has been involved in Serious Case Reviews as a Chair, Author and Committee member for 32 years, and her work in this area continues to have impact both in social work and legal contexts.

Kim continues to publish extensively in the area of Family Law.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A personal and conceptual reflection on findings from serious case reviews during the period 1987-2018: Part I, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Apr 2021, In: Family Law
  • A personal and conceptual reflection on findings from serious case reviews during the period 1987-2018: Part II, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 May 2021, In: Family Law
  • Commentary: Technology, power and inequalities – achieving a humane approach to the digital divide – a commentary on Aboujaoude and Gega (2021), Holt, K. 6 Sep 2021, In: Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Technology, Power and Inequalities: Achieving a humane approach to the digital divide, Holt, K. 13 Aug 2021, In: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
  • A Community-Based Intervention to Improve Health-Related Quality of Life in Children of Parents with Serious Mental Illness: Feasibility Study, Abel, K., Bee, P., Gega, L., Gellatly, J., Kolade, A., Hunter, D., Callender, C., Carter, L., Meacock, R., Bower, P., Stanley, N., Calam, R., Wolpert, M., Stewart, P., Emsley, R., Holt, K., Linklater, H., Douglas, S., Stokes-Crossley, B., Green, J. 12 Mar 2020, In: Health Technology Assessment
  • An intervention to improve the quality of life in children of parents with serious mental illness: the Young SMILES feasibility RCT, Abel, K., Bee, P., Gega, L., Gellatly, J., Kolade, A., Hunter, D., Callender, C., Carter, L., Meacock, R., Bower, P., Stanley, N., Calam, R., Wolpert, M., Stewart, P., Emsley, R., Holt, K., Linklater, H., Douglas, S., Stokes-Crossley, B., Green, J. 1 Nov 2020, In: Health Technology Assessment
  • Care in crisis—Is there a solution?: Reflections on the Care Crisis Review 2018, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Feb 2020, In: Child & Family Social Work
  • ‘Children not trophies’: an ethnographic study of private family law practice in England, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Sep 2020, In: Qualitative Social Work
  • The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020: Regulations introduced during a global pandemic that will have implications for the most vulnerable children, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Jul 2020, In: Family Law
  • The aims and outcomes of public inquiries into the care and protection of children. Should they be undertaken differently?, Vincent, S., Holt, K., Kelly, N., Smale, E. Jul 2020, In: Child Abuse Review

PGR Supervision

  • Callum Thomson The development and future of mental health protection for the child in private law childcare proceedings. Start Date: 06/07/2021
  • Folasade Bola Kuti-Olaniyi Section 15(3) of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956: A Critical Examination of anomalies with Interpretation and Application of the doctrine "in loco parentis". Start Date: 09/06/2021
  • Bryony Stokes The Role of School when Children and Young People Live with a Parent with a Mental Illness Start Date: 01/10/2016
  • Jessica Brennan The Irish International Protection Determination procedure as it applies to child asylum seekers whether they be classified as accompanied or unaccompanied. Start Date: 01/09/2020
  • Susan Martin Are mistakes a portal for discovery or a road to perdition? The treatment, costs and consequences of Solicitors who fail Start Date: 08/07/2020
  • Bryony Stokes Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 19/11/2019
  • Bryony Stokes Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 06/11/2019
  • Bryony Stokes Start Date: 01/10/2016 End Date: 18/10/2019

Qualifications

  • Law PhD
  • Social Work MA
  • Barrister Middle Temple


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