Mencentric Associates

Mark Coulter

Mark has worked within the domestic violence sector for more than a decade and over that time has a built a reputation based on delivering success-creating the Men’s Advice Line, as the Male Victims Development worker at Respect before moving to Hull and creating Strength To Change in 2008.

Under his leadership in September 2013 Strength To Change was identified as one of top three ranked UK projects cited by Home Office to European Crime Prevention Network (EUPCN) as an example of best practice in crime prevention. Working with predominantly high risk clients Strength To Change consistently achieved an 80% reduction in offending-based on client’s previous histories and data supplied by Humberside Police.

In 2013 Strength To Change was a Centre for Social Justice Annual Award Winner having been identified as ‘an effective and exemplary agent of change’ and in early 2014 Strength To Change was cited as an example of innovation by the Early Intervention Foundation in their report on Domestic Violence & the impact upon children.

His experience of working with men is extensive; he has worked with over six thousand men in his career-through helpline support, one to one and group work settings; within the statutory & third sector, child protection & criminal justice arenas and settings. He has also participated in

  • Home Office Domestic Violence Advisory Group
  • Metropolitan Police Domestic Violence Working Group
  • Specialist Domestic Violence Courts Task Force
  • Specialist Integrated Domestic Violence Courts Expert Panel

He is currently undertaking a Masters in Forensic Mental Health at the University of Manchester; acts as an external advisor and practice development consultant at the University of Hull School of Social Work and is a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Australian Paternal Perinatal Depression Initiative which is hosted by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the Faculty of Health & Medicine at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.

Mark maintains his professional development through attendance at conferences, seminars and training events. He is a member of the British Association of Social Workers, the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapists, the British Psychological Society, the British and Irish Group with a Special Interest in Personality Disorder and Respect.

Cath Kane

Cath is an innovative consultant with over 15 years experience in strategy, policy and practice development. Her motivation comes from working with people, projects and partnerships to promote sustainable change in local areas, particularly in the field of domestic abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

Leadership and Localism: Cath has a proven track record in managing and completing complex partnership projects. She has also been responsible for developing high performance teams, through her work in frontline services and corporate management departments within local authorities. Her work at strategic levels with Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRP) is underpinned by the principle of placing survivor and children’s safety at the heart of every response. Between 2004 and 2008 she participated in three homicide reviews, working with partner agencies to implement lessons learned. Last year as an Associate Consultant with AVA, she delivered Home Office commissioned training to chairs and government regions with the release of the new DHR guidance.

High Quality Responses: Cath has been the domestic violence lead in the London Boroughs of Brent, Islington and Hammersmith & Fulham. While outcomes are difficult to measure in this field, Cath has worked with a range of agencies to develop, implement and review service standards; this work has included a local IDVA service, housing department and joint working arrangements between domestic violence agencies and substance misuse services. She recognises the importance of data collection and analysis to build a framework to reach solutions. In doing so Cath has worked with Specialist Domestic Violence Court programmes, Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and strategic commissioners to identify, monitor and implement successful outcomes.

Solution Focussed Engagement: Cath is committed to problem solving and drawing on existing expertise to help find, guide and realise effective solutions. Cath has delivered multi agency seminars across boroughs, and for specific teams, to support improvements in practice. In her recent work with a West London Housing Association she has developed the Safe Team Approach across Housing Operations (almost 190 staff) to improve the identification of, and responses to, vulnerable tenants. Vulnerabilities identified include sexual and domestic violence, sexual exploitation, mental ill health, self-harm and suicide.

Creative Tools for Transformation: Cath remains inspired by the positive power of change. She has worked with adults, children and young people in community-based projects in Scotland integrating music, creative writing and drama as core tools for transformation. She has a proven track record in producing high quality awareness raising events, issue based films and poetry as core resources for inspiring change and promoting participation.

Dr Roxane Agnew Davies, Clinical Governance and Trauma Expert Advisor

Roxane is a clinical psychologist specialising in the impact of violence, particularly domestic violence or sexual violence, on women’s mental health. She is an honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol. She is a Cardiff University accredited Expert Witness and was a member of the Department of Health Task Force on Violence against Women and Children, including specialist Advisor to their previous Victims of Violence and Abuse Prevention Programme.

Roxane has acted as a consultant on gender violence to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence and the Social Care Institute of Excellence. For five years as Head of Psychological Services for Women at Refuge she was responsible for the design and management of psychological services for women experiencing domestic violence including sexual violence. Roxane has produced detailed guidance for mental health professionals and her current research on physical, sexual and psychological violence against women and their psychological effects, has been funded by the Department of Health and the National Institute of Health Research.

Martin C Calder MA, CQSW

Martin has worked in the field of child protection and child welfare for over 25 years: as a social worker, child protection coordinator, safeguarding manager and manager of domestic violence services.

Martin has also worked as a lecturer on the Child Care Award at the University of Salford and he is now an Honorary Research Fellow with The University of Durham. He is also the External examiner for the Post Graduate Certificate – Strategic Leadership and Collaboration in Safeguarding at the University of Salford.

Martin has written and published extensively around policy and procedural issues in the child care field as well as the development of accessible, evidence-based assessment tools for frontline workers.

Martin has spent periods of time seconded into posts to introduce thresholds for service provision, lead on the implementation of the Assessment Framework, introduce family support systems, and locate multi-disciplinary teams within the ever-changing structures. He has acted as an external consultant and trainer to several local authorities introducing the Assessment Framework and currently the Integrated Children’s System and the Common Assessment Framework. Martin is also advising on the introduction of a unified assessment framework in Scotland and UNOCINI in Northern Ireland. He is commissioned to develop a bespoke CAF for Jersey currently to ensure that all agencies are clear about their roles and responsibilities in their safeguarding children task and have the requisite tools to assess.

Paul Morris BASW (Hons) DipSW & PGCE

Paul has over 27 years experience of public sector working within numerous care settings, including Forensic Psychiatry, Adult Mental Health, Secure Children’s Establishments and Social Care. Paul is also a qualified trainer with over 9 years experience, training a wide variety of professionals on a range of subjects.

More recently Paul has worked within Youth Justice and Domestic Violence (Perpetrator Programmes), currently Paul works as an Advance Practitioner for a Local Authority in the North East of the UK, this role includes supporting cultural change using Restorative Practice, Signs of Safety, Family Group Conferencing and Outcomes Based Accountability.

Paul has a keen interest in the emerging issue of adolescent to parent violence and has researched its impact on parenting. Paul believes that individuals have the potential to change (given the right environment) and the key to effective change lies within the professional relationships we build with families.