Adult Social Work Partnerships is an independent expert social work service, specialising in adult social care.  It was established in 2015 by Mark Caulfield. Mark is an independent social worker (both BIA and AMHP trained), registered with the HCPC and BASW with over 11 years post-qualifying experience of working with adults in community, acute and forensic settings. Mark qualified 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.

Areas of Expertise

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 undertakes independent reports 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.

Adult Services Assessments

Most of Mark’s social work career has been in the field of mental health, learning disability and autism spectrum conditions (ASC). 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.

Court Assessments

Mark provides independent assessment services to the courts, including Court of Protection, first-tier tribunals (mental health), public authorities and private clients. 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 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.

His main areas of expertise are surrounding mental capacity, mental health and safeguarding adults. Mark possesses a wealth of experience devising, delivering and evaluating training and teaching. Mark regularly receives positive feedback regarding the quality and depth of his training.