Dr Sophie King-Hill

Dr Sophie King-Hill

Health Services Management Centre
Senior Fellow

Contact details

Address
School of Social Policy, HSMC
Park House
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2RT, United Kingdom

Sophie is a Senior Fellow in the Health Services Management Centre. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion at the University of Worcester. Alongside this she was a regional tutor for the MEd in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties with the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. She has worked extensively in the third sector with many diverse groups. She specialises in sexual behaviours and first point assessment in children and young people, sexual health, controversial issues and teenage parents. Sophie also has an interest in policy implementation, transfer and success frameworks and evaluation strategies.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham)
  • M.Ed in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (School of Education, University of Birmingham)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Research Methods and Skills (University of Birmingham)
  • Post Graduate Certificate Research Methods (University of Birmingham)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Worcester)
  • BA Honours Degree in Education Studies (University of Worcester)
  • Higher National Diploma in Antenatal Education (University of Bedford)
  • Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (University of Worcester)

Biography

Sophie is a Senior Fellow in the Health Services Management Centre. Previously, she was a Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion at the University of Worcester. Alongside this she was a regional tutor for the MEd in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties with the School of Education at the University of Birmingham.

Sophie has worked extensively in the third sector. She has taught sex and relationships in schools across the West Midlands  and was the National Impact Coordinator for a leading sexual health charity for children and young people. In her work with a local council she researched, implemented and evaluated an Independent Travel Training programme for children and young people with SEN, this programme is still currently in operation and is deemed as best practice in this sector. Within her career Sophie has worked with many diverse groups across education and health settings. Sophie developed an accredited programme for teenage parents across the West Midlands which ran for six years in conjunction with working as an antenatal teacher specialising in teaching diverse and low-socio economic groups.

Teaching

Sophie currently teaches on the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme which consists of the NHS Leadership Academy award in Senior Healthcare Leadership and the MSc in Healthcare Leadership.

Postgraduate supervision

PhD Supervision Interests

Sexual Health in children and young people
Sexual behaviours in children and young people
Evaluation of policy and programmes
Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

Sophie is currently supervising:

Abby Gilsenan: Beyond ‘Good Catholic Girls’: Exploring the Role of Statutory RSE in Young Women’s Constructions of Sexual Agency in Catholic Schools.

Nikita Sowan: Stigma and prejudice amongst female South Asian survivors of sexual violence

Research

Sophie’s research interests include sexual behaviours in children and young people, first point assessment for sexual behaviours in children and young people, sexual health, teenage parents, LGBTQ+ and gender issues. Sophie has an interest in both policy, evaluation and the impact of context.

Research projects:

Research grant for project to assess sexual behaviours in children and young people aged 13-18 in the UK

Sophie currently holds an ESRC New Investigators Grant as principle investigator (£300k, June 2022- June 2024). This research intends to explore what constitutes normal, problematic, abusive and violent sexual behaviours in children and young people in the UK aged 13-18. This data will then be used to develop an assessment tool for professionals working with children and young people. This is in collaboration with Brook Charity and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. This project has also featured in TES magazine Why sex education in schools is flawed | Tes

Assessing Sibling Sexual Abuse: Pilot Project 

Sophie is currently the holder of ESRC Impact Acceleration Account funding. Sophie is leading this project that will build on the research from the previous work she has carried out on sibling sexual abuse. This project will explore piloting an assessment/screening tool with a range of professional organisations who work directly with CYP and sibling sexual abuse. This will follow on from the work previously carried out by Sophie and will also bring together work by  Prof. Kieran McCartan at UWE - whose research explored adult survivors of SSA - and the work carried out by Allardyce and Yates (2021) for the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse.

'We're in this together' Sexual harassment in schools: A boys voice

Sophie has received seed funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account along with Dr. Daniel Vyleta from the Department of Film and Creative Writing to explore the importance of the voice of boys when considering sexual harrassment in schools. The aim of this is to help identify ways in which the voices of young men articulating their views of sex and sexuality, masculinity, gender and rape culture can be captured and represented in an effective manner that at the same time protects their safety/anonymity. This project intends to plan the next steps for producing a resource that can be used within an educational setting to change the dialogue across genders.

Youth Graffiti Project 

Sophie has received seed funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account to work with young people to design a piece of graffiti that represents listening to young people and why this is vitally important when considering issues that surround them. This will highlight why  participatory research with young people is key to co-designing positive interventions and support. This preliminary planning work will be carried out with graffiti artist Void One.

Managing Sensitive Topics in Teaching and Research

Sophie is Co-lead on this EUniwell funded project with Dr. Katherina Karcher (£25k, Sept 2022). The project seeks to draw on the expertise and experience of researchers in a range of disciplines, and seeks to change how ‘sensitive’ topics are dealt with in academia. Although it is widely known that sensitive topics can cause distress, academics receive little training on how to deal with potentially distressing material. This project seeks to change this by identifying and promoting measures to improve the wellbeing of researchers and students working on sensitive issues and to create tools and resources that can be used by academics to support work with these topics. This project is in collaboration with The University of Florence, Linnaeus University and  The University of Leiden.

RCEW National Project on Sibling Sexual Abuse | SARSAS

Sophie was one of the leads for the National Rape Crisis England and Wales Sibling Sexual Abuse Project. In partnership with Purple Leaf and Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support, the University of the West of England and West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre. Sophie oversaw the research and work on the provision of suitable support services and pathways for children from the age of five who have carried out or survived sibling sexual abuse.  Funded by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice.

 

 

Other activities

Sophie is on the Policy and Practice Committee for the National Organisation for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse.

Publications

Highlight publications

King-Hill, S 2021, 'Assessing sexual behaviours in children and young people: a realistic evaluation of the Brook Traffic Light tool', Child Abuse Review. https://doi.org/10.1002/car.2664

Powell, M & King-Hill, S 2020, 'Intra-crisis learning and prospective policy transfer in the Covid-19 pandemic', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-07-2020-0339

King-Hill, S & Powell, M 2020, Coronavirus: What Does It Mean When The Government Says It Is 'Following The Science'?. The Conversation . <https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-what-does-it-mean-when-the-government-says-it-is-following-the-science-137109>

King-Hill, S 2020, Coronavirus: 'divide-and-rule' tactics are clearly not working for the UK's exhausted, fractured population. The Conversation . <https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-divide-and-rule-tactics-are-clearly-not-working-for-the-uks-exhausted-fractured-population-147130>

King-Hill, S & Woolley, R 2017, Sexual Behaviours and Development. in Understanding Inclusion: Core concepts, policy and practice. Routledge-Cavendish. <http://eprints.worc.ac.uk/6324/>

Recent publications

Article

King-Hill, S 2022, 'Knowledge translation and evidence-informed policy challenges: the implementation of the Brook Traffic Light Tool in Cornwall', Journal of Sexual Aggression, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/13552600.2022.2052770

Comment/debate

King-Hill, S 2022, 'Cyberflashing: when indecent exposure goes online', University of Birmingham Blog Service. <https://blog.bham.ac.uk/socialsciencesbirmingham/2022/03/18/cyberflashing/>

Other contribution

King-Hill, S 2022, #theLateLateLunchshow - Rod Maxwell - special report by Isobella Timpany on Cyber Flashing - 8_04.. <https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioAlty/thelatelatelunchshow-rod-maxwell-special-report-by-isobella-timpany-on-cyber-flashing-8_04/>

King-Hill, S 2022, A dark day for human rights: Roe vs Wade overturned. University of Birmingham. <https://blog.bham.ac.uk/socialsciencesbirmingham/2022/06/30/a-dark-day-for-human-rights-roe-vs-wade-overturned/>

King-Hill, S 2022, Assessing sexual behaviour in children and young people project. University of Birmingham. <https://blog.bham.ac.uk/socialsciencesbirmingham/2022/01/24/assessing-sexual-behaviour-in-children-and-young-people/>

King-Hill, S 2022, How consumerism stole Valentines Day. University of Birmingham. <https://blog.bham.ac.uk/socialsciencesbirmingham/2022/02/14/how-consumerism-stole-valentines-day/?fbclid=IwAR0DepyRh9pZYaOnmcLMiFlXNMKDlKwNkULlbV7Gpz_FRCY5Wm18PLUtQLI>

King-Hill, S & Parker, K 2022, How to teach children about divorce: relationships and sex education .. <https://www.tes.com/magazine/teaching-learning/general/sex-relationships-education-how-teach-children-about-divorce>

King-Hill, S 2022, Innovative new workshops prepare medical students to support victims of sexual assault. University of Birmingham. <https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/2022/innovative-new-workshops-prepare-medical-students-to-support-victims-of-sexual-assault-copy>

King-Hill, S 2022, LGBTQ+ History Month 2022: the legacy of Section 28. University of Birmingham. <https://blog.bham.ac.uk/socialsciencesbirmingham/2022/02/08/lgbtq-history-month-2022-the-legacy-of-section-28>

King-Hill, S, Greener, I & Powell, M 2022, Lessons from the media in the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic.. <https://socialpolicyblog.com/2022/01/14/lessons-from-the-media-in-the-first-six-months-of-the-covid-19-pandemic/>

Mainwaring, G, McGlynn, C, King-Hill, S, Isaacs, K & Davies, J 2022, Online and digital sexual abuse: is the law catching up? By Grace Mainwaring.. <https://soundcloud.com/user-325769226/online-and-digital-sexual-abuse-is-the-law-catching-up-by-grace-mainwaring?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=social_sharing>

King-Hill, S 2022, The Silenced - Episode 9. Yowah Radio. <https://yowahradio.podbean.com/e/the-silenced-episode-9/>

Civinini, C & King-Hill, S 2022, Why sex education is flawed.. <https://www.tes.com/magazine/teaching-learning/secondary/flaw-sex-education-schools-rse-guidance>

King-Hill, S 2022, ‘We’re in this together’ – sexual harassment in schools: a boys’ voice. University of Birmingham. <https://blog.bham.ac.uk/socialsciencesbirmingham/2022/05/25/were-in-this-together/>

Davies, C & King-Hill, S 2021, 'Cummings effect': why people are bending lockdown rules?.. <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/11/cummings-effect-why-are-people-breaking-lockdown-rules>

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