Kathryn Hodges

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: Social Work and Social Policy , Health and social care , Health and wellbeing , Gender

Kathryn is a registered social worker whose research interests relate to the experiences of women who are accessing support from social care and criminal justice services.  Her current research focuses on the experiences of women involved in prostitution or who have been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation, in particular seeking to understand access to helping services.

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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 the Chair of trustees at Women@the Well, a charity in central London supporting women at risk of involvement in prostitution. 

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 
  • Multiple and severe disadvantage


  • PhD An exploration of decision making by women experiencing multiple and complex needs, 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