MARK CAULFIELDqualified as a social worker in 2008 with a first class honours BA (Hons) in Social Work from the University of Sheffield. He also holds an MA is Specialist Mental Health Practice which he gained in 2014. He is a Registered Social Worker (RSW). Mark completed his Approved Mental Health Professional training in 2016 and also holds his Best Interest Assessor Qualification.
Mark undertakes independent social circumstances assessments commissioned by solicitors, providing written and oral evidence for First-Tier Tribunals (Mental Health). Alongside social work, Mark develops and delivers evidence and value-based training to a range of professionals. The training includes sessions on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, Adult Safeguarding and the Mental Health Act 1983. Mark is currently developing training surrounding the Liberty Protection Safeguards as it passes through the House of Commons before receiving Royal Assent.
Most of Mark’s social work career has been in the field of mental health and learning disability. Mark has worked in a variety of community mental health settings and community learning disability teams, including work in a specialist team for adults with a learning disability and co-morbid diagnosis of mental health problems. He has also worked in an assertive outreach team for adults diagnosed with a psychotic or affective disorder and deemed difficult to engage with.
From May 2011 until February 2015, he worked at Rampton High Secure Hospital in a variety of roles in addition to his substantive post as Senior Forensic Social Work Practitioner. He primarily worked with adult males who were assessed as having a diagnosis of personality disorder and considered to be a serious risk of harm to others. He also worked across the other Rampton directorates (i.e. with individuals with diagnosed mental illnesses apart from personality disorder; and within the National High Secure Women’s, Learning Disabilities, and Deaf Services) for admission assessment purposes, seclusion reviews, and as an Adult Safeguarding investigator.
Whilst at Rampton Hospital, Mark undertook a secondment as Safeguarding Training and Development Lead, whereby he took lead responsibility for providing Child and Adult Safeguarding training to a range of staff within forensic settings in addition to the wider Trust. As part of this role he had lead responsibility for professional development within the Social Care service and also completed a Scoping Exercise and Service Evaluation surrounding how the Forensic Division (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust) provides Safeguarding (both child and adult), Domestic Violence, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Prevent training as part of their wider Safeguarding strategy.
Mark has significant experiencing interviewing and gathering the views of vulnerable service users. Whilst at Rampton Hospital, Mark was commissioned to undertake a service evaluation, using qualitative research methods, to gather the views of service users surrounding Adult Safeguarding and presented this to senior management colleagues, as well as the wider trust.
Following this Mark took up the role of Social Work/Safeguarding Manager. For this post he was seconded to the position of Social Work Manager for the National High Secure Learning Disability and Mental Health Directorate within Rampton Hospital. He held line management and supervisory responsibility for 9 Senior Forensic Social Work Practitioners. As part of this role he took part and contributed to Directorate Management and Clinical Governance Forums, providing support and guidance to wider management colleagues surrounding safeguarding and forensic social work issues.
He also undertook the role of Safeguarding Manager, as per No Secrets (2000) and ADASS (2005) guidance prior to the Care Act 2014. As Safeguarding Manager, he has experience of analysing Adult Safeguarding referrals, concerns and data to reach decisions which support others to adequately safeguard vulnerable adults. He was also responsible for making decisions surrounding thresholds in relation to risk and carrying overarching responsibility for Adult Safeguarding investigations. These responsibilities included the organisation and chairing of Adult Safeguarding Strategy Meetings, whilst providing expert guidance and support to Adult Safeguarding Investigating Officers. As part of this role he also contributed to and led complaints investigations including matters where disciplinary and fitness to practice concerns were raised. This often included undertaking root cause analyses (RCA’s) and overseeing complex investigations where criminal concerns were raised, including boundary violations and alleged offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Mark provides independent assessment services to the courts, including Court of Protection, first-tier tribunals and public authorities. In 2019 Mark left his role as Advanced Practitioner in Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council to focus on Independent Social Work. Within his former role, Mark regularly provided guidance, training and support surrounding the use of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to managing authorities, allied health professionals, doctors and senior colleagues.
Mark has significant experience of liaising with other agencies such as Health Authorities, Education Departments, Housing Associations, Voluntary Agencies, Police, MAPPA and Local Authorities. He has participated in service planning, monitoring, review and evaluation.
Mark’s areas of expertise are in assessment, case management, working with people whose behaviours challenge, learning disability, Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC), mental health (with specific interest in forensic mental health), promoting legal literacy and practice development.
Mark has previously worked as a Visiting Lecturer to the University of Northampton and Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University providing expertise to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has provided teaching, including seminars and tutorials, surrounding Assessment of Risk and Violence, Working with Personality Disorder, NICE Guidance upon Anti-Social and Borderline Personality Disorder, Management in Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended by the 2007 Act) and Experiential Learning.
Mark holds a keen interest in how the statutory principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 are implemented in practice and regularly challenges the use of coercive frameworks within mental health practice. A human rights based approach underpins his work to ensure that a person’s EHRC Article 5 and 8 rights are upheld at all times.