Stephanie Holt
Associate Professor, Social Studies

Biography

Stephanie Holt graduated as a qualified social worker from the University of Ulster (Magee College, Derry) in 1991, remaining in the North of Ireland for a number of years working with children in care and in the aftercare system before returning to work in child protection and welfare in Dublin. After five years co-ordinating a family support service, Stephanie joined the School of Social Work & Social Policy in 2000 as a lecturer. Her primary research interests include children's experiences of domestic violence, child homicide and femicide. Her main teaching responsibilities include child welfare & research methods. In 2006 Stephanie was awarded a three year Health Research Board Research Fellowship to enable her to conduct research leading to the award of PhD. Her PhD was awarded in 2010. Stephanie returned to her lecturship in January 2010 and to Director of the Masters in Social Work Programme in July 2010.She was appointed as Director of Teaching and Learning, Postgraduate,and to the School Executive of the School of Social Work and Social Policy in July 2011.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children' in, editor(s)N. Frost & P.Dolan , The Routledge Handbook of Global Childhood, London, Routledge, 2017, [Holt, S. ] Book Chapter, 2017

Brady, E., Holt, S. & Whelan, S. , Measuring success in family support services, Child Care in Practice, early view, 2017, p1 - 18 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Holt, S. , 'Quality Contact Post-Separation/Divorce: A Review of the Literature, Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 2016, p92 - 99 Journal Article, 2016

Holt, S. & Kirwan, G., Groupwork for Women and Children Experiencing Domestic Violence: Does it work and Does it Last, Journal of Groupwork, 25, (1), 2016, p8 - 33 Journal Article, 2016

Holt, S., 'The Voice of the Child in Family Law: A Discussion Paper, Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 2016, p139 - 145 Journal Article, 2016

Holt, S.., Domestic Violence and the Paradox of Post-Separation Mothering, British Journal of Social Work, 2016 Journal Article, 2016

Cahill, O., Holt, S., Kirwan, G., Keyworking in residential child care: Lessons from research , Children and Youth Services Review, 65, 2016, p216 - 223 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Understanding Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland: Prevalence, Policy and Practice in, editor(s)Healy, D., Hamilton, C., Daly, Y. & Butler, M. , Handbook of Irish Criminology, London, Routledge, 2015, pp70 - 88, [ Holt, S. & Devaney, J.] Book Chapter, 2015

Post-separation Fathering and Domestic Abuse: Challenges and Contradictions' in, editor(s)Humphreys, C. & Stanley, N. , Domestic Violence and Protecting Children: New Thinking and Approaches., London, JKP, 2015, pp166 - 181, [Stephanie Holt] Book Chapter, 2015

Holt, S., Post-separation fathering and domestic abuse: challenges and contradictions, Child Abuse Review, 24, (3), 2015, p210 - 222 Journal Article, 2015

Holt, S. & Kirwan, G., Groupwork for Women and Children Experiencing Domestic Violence, Groupwork, International Groupwork Conference, Boston, June 2013, edited by McLoughlin, D. & Gianino, M. , Whiting & Birch, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Responding to Family Violence - New Challenges and Perspectives' in, editor(s)Christie, A., Featherstone, B., Quinn, S. & Walsh, T. , Social Work in Ireland: Changes and Continuities, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015, pp106 - 124, [Declan Coogan & Stephanie Holt] Book Chapter, 2015

Holt, S. & Kirwan, G., The 'Key' to Successful Transitions for Young People Leaving Residential Child Care: The Role of the Keyworker, Child Care in Practice, 18, (4), 2012, p371 - 392 Journal Article, 2012

Holt, S, A Case of Laying Down the Law: Post-Separation Child Contact and Domestic Abuse, Irish Journal of Family Law, (4), 2011, p87 - 97 Journal Article, 2011

Holt, Stephanie, Domestic Abuse & Child Contact: Positioning Children in the Decision-Making Process., Child Care in Practice, 17, (4), 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Holt, S., Dolan, P., Great Expectations: The Tension between what Service Users Need and Practitioners can Deliver, Administration, 58, (2), 2010, p99 - 123 Journal Article, 2010

'Outrageous Provocation': Media Reporting of Intimate Partner Homicide in Ireland in, editor(s)Perry Share & Mary P. Corcoran , Ireland of the Illusions: A sociological Chronicle 2007-2008, Dublin, Institute of Public Administration, 2010, pp275 - 289, [Carr, N. & Holt, S.] Book Chapter, 2010

Holt, S., Buckley, H., Whelan, S., The impact of exposure to domestic violence on children and young people: A review of the literature, Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 2008, p797 - 810 Journal Article, 2008

Domestic Violence and Child Contact: Issues and Dilemmas for Child Protection and Welfare Practice in, editor(s)Kenneth Burns and Deborah Lynch , Child Protection and Welfare Social Work: Contemporary Themes and Practice Perspectives, Dublin, Ireland, A & A. Farmer, 2008, pp180 - 197, [Stephanie Holt] Book Chapter, 2008

Holt, S., A Matter of Life and Death: Intimate Partner Homicide in Ireland, Irish Journal of Family Law, 10, (4), 2007, p12 - 20 Journal Article, 2007

Buckley, H., Holt, S., Whelan, S., Listen to Me! Children's Experiences of Domestic Violence, Child Abuse Review, 16, 2007, p296 - 310 Journal Article, 2007

Holt, S., Child Protection Social Work and Men's Abuse of Women: An Irish Case Study, Child & Family Social Work, 8, (1), 2003 Journal Article, 2003

Dolan, P., Holt, S., What Families want in Family Support: An Irish Case Study, Child Care in Practice, 8, (4), 2002 Journal Article, 2002

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Holt, S. & Ward, M., Evaluation of the Sonas Safe Home Project. Dublin: Sonas Domestic Violence Charity., 2015, - Miscellaneous, 2015

Holt, S., Whelan, S. & Brady, E., Evaluation of the Cottage Home Family Support Service, 2014, - Miscellaneous, 2014

Murphy, C. & Holt, S.,, Evaluation of the Barnardos and One Family Pilot Child Contact Centre Project, 2013, - Miscellaneous, 2013

Holt, S., The Impact of Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence...Everyone's Responsibility, Queen's University Belfast, 27th January 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Holt, S., Post-Separation Fathering and Domestic Abuse: Challenges and Contradictions, International Symposium on Domestic Violence, Queen's University Belfast, 2nd May 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Holt, S., Mental Health and Domestic Violence: Implications for Social Work Practice, Social Work in Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 11th November 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Holt, S., Living with Domestic Abuse: Children's Perspectives, Hitting Home: The Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children, Bray, Dublin, Ireland, 29th November 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Holt, S., Post-Separation Fathering & Domestic Abuse: Challenges and Contradictions, Working within the Forensic Paradigm, Prato, Italy, 11-14 September 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

McKee, B., Holt, S., Domestic Abuse: Using Arts Based Education to Help Student Teachers Learn about the Context and Impact on Children, Belfast, May, 2011 Report, 2011

Holt, S., Mothering and Domestic Violence, Gender and Child Welfare, National University of Ireland, Galway., June 15th 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Holt, S., ., In need of protection or participation? Involving children in the decision-making process in post-separation contact cases with a prior history of domestic violence., , One World, One Family, Many Cultures: Strengthening Children and Families Affected by Personal, Intra-Familial and Global Conflict,, Hawaii, ISPCAN XV111, 26-29 September 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Holt, S., Participation or Protection? Constructing Children within the Contact Debate, Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work, Templepatrick, Northern Ireland, June 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Stephanie Holt, Post-Separation Contact and Child Protection, XV11th ISPCAN International Conference, Hong Kong, September 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Stephanie Holt, Ascertaining the discernable wishes of the child in post-separation contact cases, XV11th IPSCAN International Conference, Hong Kong, September 2008, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Stephanie Holt, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Young People, Special Residential Services Board National Conference, Kilkenny, October 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Stephanie Holt, Domestic Violence and Post-Separation Contact: An Irish Study, Xlth ISPCAN European Regional Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, November 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Stephanie Holt, Domestic Violence and Post-Separation Contact, 3rd Internation Conference on Children Exposed to Dmoestic Violence, London, Ontario, Canada, May, 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Stephanie Holt, Post-Separation Contact and Domestic Violence, University College Cork, October 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Stephanie Holt, Understanding and Preventing Intimate Partner Homicide, 3rd International Conference on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, London, Ontario, Canada, May 2007, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Buckley, H., Whelan, S., Holt, S., Listen to me: Children's Experiences of Domestic Violence, Children's Research Centre, 2006 Report, 2006

Holt, S., The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children's Health, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Healthy County Forum, May 06, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Stephanie Holt, Intimate Partner Homicide, The Cost of Domestic Violence, Dublin, November 2006, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Holt, S., The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, Network of Women's Refuges and Support Services Annual Conference, June 05, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Holt, S., After School + - A Practice Guide for Providers, Dublin: Barnardos, 2004 Report, 2004

Holt, S., Understanding Domestic Violence and it's Impact on Family Members, Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Suicidology, 20-10-2003, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Holt, S., Family Support - the Background to the development of family support services, Citywide Family Support Network Conference, Fairways Hotel, Dundalk, April, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

Broderick, G., Gilligan, R., Holt, S., Manners, P., Whelan, S., Final Report of the Evaluation of the Programme Development Phase of the AIB Schoolmate Programme of the AIB Schoolmate Programme, Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin, 2002 Report, 2002

Holt, S., Manners, P., Gilligan, R, Family Support in Practice: An Evaluation of the Naas Child & Family Project, Dublin:Kildare Youth Services and the South Western Area Health Board, 2002 Report, 2002

Research Expertise

Description

My primary research interest in are located in the field of child welfare with a particular focus on aspects of domestic violence, including;the impact on exposure to domestic abuse on children; the impact of domestic abuse on fathering and mothering; post separation contact; & intimate partner homicide. I have also conducted research and evaluation on family support and social work practice.

Projects

  • Title
    • Evaluation of Barnardos/One Family Child Contact Service
  • Summary
    • This is the final evaluation of the Barnardos/One Family Pilot Contact Centre service which commenced in 2011. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods are being employed involving all key stakeholders
  • Funding Agency
    • Barnardos/One Family
  • Date From
    • June 2013
  • Date To
    • September 2013
  • Title
    • Evaluation of the Health ervices Executive Out of Hours Service
  • Summary
    • The Health Services Executive (HSE) commissioned an evaluation of their pilot 'Out of Hours' Social Work service in Donegal and Cork. This evaluation conducted jointly with co-principal researcher Dr. Eoin O'Sullivan comprised both quantitative and qualitative elements engaging with the service providers and related professionals.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Services Executive
  • Date From
    • March 2012
  • Date To
    • May 2012
  • Title
    • Key-working: An Exploratory Study
  • Summary
    • Graduates from the care system are documented to leave care with at best a minimum education, poor family support and limited networks (Jackson, 2010). Empirical evidence also attests to compromised mental health for some, often compounded by drug and alcohol difficulties. Better outcomes are highlighted when young people have the support of a significant other person available to them (Biehal et al, 1995; Courtney et al, 2010). Set against the backdrop of a legacy of abuse of children in state care and in response to the recommendations of the Ryan Report (2009), this study sets out to explore the benefits of residential key-work support as perceived by young care leavers who have made the transition into aftercare environments. Grounded in a comprehensive overview of the international literature, this study will provide a unique insight into how young people in residential care draw from their experiences of keyworker support in the past and how they believe they can best be supported as they negotiate their new aftercare environment.
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund 2011-2012
  • Date From
    • June 2011
  • Date To
    • December 2012
  • Title
    • Groupwork interventions for women and children experiencing domestic violence: do they work and do they last?
  • Summary
    • Utilising a mixed-methods research methodology, this study aims to examine the benefits gained by participants of a groupwork programme for mothers and children who had experienced domestic abuse prior to joining the group programme. The study is also interested to establish the sustainability of any benefits gained by the participants. To achieve its aim, the research design involves qualitative interviews with participants conducted in conjunction with the administration of standardized scaling questionnaires to measure their self-reported general wellbeing and strengths and difficulties. Participants are interviewed at three points in time, that is, before the start of the group work programme, immediately after its completion and finally, one year after the end of the programme. Interviews are also conducted pre and post the group programme with the group facilitators in order to include their insights on the usefulness of the programme in its present form and future possibilities for its development.
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund 2010-2011
  • Date From
    • September 2011
  • Date To
    • January 2013
  • Title
    • Children exposed to domestic abuse: helping student teachers understand their role in a primary school setting.
  • Summary
    • It is widely recognised that children who live with domestic abuse (DA) face increased risk of neglect, physical abuse, or losing one or both of their parents. Additionally, children living with DA are at increased risk of behavioural, social and emotional disturbances; cognitive and attitudinal problems; and problems that extend into adulthood. Since teachers have access to more children for longer periods of time, they are in an ideal position to recognise children's risk levels and reactions to DA and respond appropriately to meet the needs of these children. It is imperative that student teachers are provided with education on the topic so that we do not let children fail in our education system. This study asks if the existing undergraduate curriculum provides sufficient education on DA to student teachers; whether student teachers knowledge and understanding of DA will increase following participation in a tailored DA education programme; and what the views are of student teachers following participation in the study.
  • Funding Agency
    • Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2011
  • Title
    • Children, Fathers and Domestic Violence: An Exploration of the Child's experience of post-separation contact with thier father where there has been a history of domestic violence.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • October 2006
  • Date To
    • September 2009
  • Title
    • Listen to Me! Children's Experience of domestic violence
  • Funding Agency
    • Children's Research Centre TCD & School of Social Work & Social Policy TCD
  • Date From
    • May 2005
  • Date To
    • December 2005
  • Title
    • The Assessment Framework
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • February 2002
  • Date To
    • April 2002
  • Title
    • Family Welfare Conference Evaluation
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Service Executive
  • Date From
    • January 2002
  • Date To
    • March 2002
  • Title
    • AIB Schoolmate
  • Funding Agency
    • AIB
  • Date From
    • April 2002
  • Date To
    • September 2002
  • Title
    • Evaluation of Naas Child & Family Centre
  • Funding Agency
    • Naas Youth Project
  • Date From
    • May 2001
  • Date To
    • December 2001

Keywords

Domestic violence, intimate partner homicide, child welfare

Recognition

Representations

Associate Researcher with the Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin Appointed May 2005

Awards and Honours

Health Research Board Research Fellowship 2006-2009

Memberships

Member of IASW (Irish Association of Social Workers)

Member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Chair of the Editioral Board of Eisteach - Irish Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. January 2006 – September 2008