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Prof Kim Holt

Head of Department

Department: Social Sciences

Kim Holt 255

Kim was called to the bar in 2005. Prior to this Kim practiced as a social worker in the area of child protection for over 20 years.

Before moving to Northumbria Kim was Head of Division for Social Work and Social Care at the University of Bradford. Kim took up her post at Northumbria University in November 2013, and was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2015.

Kim is a member of the legal advisory committee to the British Association of Adoption and Fostering, a member of a LSCB, and has demonstrable experience of Serious Case Reviews both as a committee member, author and chair of Serious Case Reviews.

Kim has published extensively in the area of Family Law.

Campus Address

Coach Lane Campus


  • Law PhD March 06 2014
  • Social Work MA (Hons) September 01 1985
  • Barrister Bar Council 2014

Key Publications

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  • A community-based intervention (Young SMILES) to improve the health-related quality of life of children and young people of parents with serious mental illness, Gellatly, J., Bee, P., Gega, L., Bower, P., Hunter, D., Stewart, P., Stanley, N., Calam, R., Holt, K., Wolpert, M., Douglas, S., Green, J., Kolade, A., Callender, C., Abel, K. 11 Oct 2018, In: Trials
  • Limits to Partnership Working, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 30 Mar 2018, In: Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law
  • The right to free and fair representation: Re Charlie Gard, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 30 Sep 2017, In: Family Law
  • Practitioner Narratives in the Family Justice System, Holt, K. Sep 2017, 7th International Conference on Sociology and Social Work
  • Child Protection, Holt, K. 8 Jan 2017, Critical Issues in Social Work Law, London, Palgrave
  • Decision-making in the English Family Court: Revolutionary Change or a Dickensian Misadventure?, Holt, K. Sep 2016, International Conference on Judgment and Decision-Making in Social Work
  • Contemporary Family Justice: Policy and Practice in Complex Child Protection Decisions, Holt, K. 19 May 2016
  • Why parents matter: Exploring the impact of a hegemonic concern with the timetable for the child, Holt, K., Kelly, N. May 2016, In: Child & Family Social Work
  • At a crossroads: to issue or not to issue care proceedings, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 2016, In: Family Law


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