Kathryn Hodges

Acting Head of the Department of Social Care

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Education & Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Health, social care and medical innovation , Social Work and Social Policy

Kathryn is a registered social worker whose research interests relate to the experiences of women who are receiving social care services and/or involved in the criminal justice system.

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As a registered social worker, Kathryn spent the majority of her career supporting individuals and families affected by their own or others' substance use. During her time working in higher education, Kathryn has spent many years leading on the practice learning experiences of students who are completing a social work qualification.

Kathryn is currently a trustee for Women@the Well, a charity in central London supporting women at risk of involvement in prostitution. She's also on the management board of the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations, and involved in Stand Against Sexual Exploitation, a network of individuals, practitioners and academics who campaign against sexual exploitation in its many forms, and promote legal and policy change.

Research interests

  • The experiences of help seeking;
  • The experiences of women who are involved, or at risk of involvement, in prostitution
  • Experiences of those involved in human trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • Multiple and severe disadvantage

Kathryn’s research interests are related to the experiences of women in receipt of social care services and those involved in the criminal justice system. Her current research focuses on the experiences of women who are involved, or are at risk of involvement in prostitution and the decision-making involved when seeking help from services.


  • PhD Women at risk of involvement in prostitution, Anglia Ruskin University (in progress)
  • PG Cert HE, University of Greenwich
  • MSW Social Work, University of York
  • BA (Hons) Sociology, University of York

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Registered Social Worker, HCPC
  • Fellow, the Higher Education Authority