Skip navigation

Prof Kim Holt

Head of Department

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Kim is Head of Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, and is a Professor in Family Law at Northumbria University.

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.

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



Qualifications

  • Law PhD
  • Social Work MA
  • Barrister Middle Temple

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Care in crisis—Is there a solution?, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 24 Apr 2019, In: Child & Family Social Work
  • Child Protection (2nd ed.), Holt, K. Apr 2019
  • 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
  • Child Protection, Holt, K. 8 Jan 2017, Critical Issues in Social Work Law, London, Palgrave
  • Practitioner Narratives in the Family Justice System, Holt, K. Sep 2017
  • The right to free and fair representation: Re Charlie Gard, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 30 Sep 2017, In: Family Law
  • At a crossroads: to issue or not to issue care proceedings, Holt, K., Kelly, N. 1 Dec 2016, In: Family Law
  • Contemporary Family Justice: Policy and Practice in Complex Child Protection Decisions, Holt, K. 19 May 2016

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Kim is Head of Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, and is a Professor in 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.

PGR Supervision

Bryony Stokes Start: 01/10/2016


+

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria
+

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.

+

Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

More news
More events

Upcoming events

Accenture Digital Walls
Cundall Newcastle Open Evening

Back to top