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.