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Cat Meredith

Graduate Tutor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

 Cat Meredith ResizedHalf of my time is allocated to teaching across pre and post-qualifying Social Work Programmes, whilst the other half is dedicated to undertaking my PhD, a micro-ethnographic inquiry into the experience of practitioners working at the interface of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and adult safeguarding practice. I was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. I was shortlisted (final 3) in the Northumbria University Student Led Teaching Awards 2016.

I am very passionate about rights-based social work practice with adults. My direct social work practice specialised in working with people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder who presented a high level of risk through self-harming and suicidal behaviours. This work stimulated my interest in the conflict professionals experience between the promotion of autonomy and self-determination and expected statutory responses to unacceptable risk. I have practiced as a Forensic Social Worker, an Approved Mental Health Practitioner, a Best Interests Assessor under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, a Senior Supervising Practitioner and latterly, a Mental Capacity Act 2005 policy lead.  

A main focus of my teaching and research is how professionals identify, conceptualise and respond to risk, and how decisions are made. I am currently working with my colleague, Carole Southall, to develop Mental Capcity Act training for the children’s social work workforce, and training for independent chairs and authors of Safeguarding Adults Reviews.

Campus Address

Room H201
Coach Lane Campus East


  • Social Studies/Science MA June 01 2001
  • Social Work Diploma June 01 2001
  • English BA (Hons) July 01 1997
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Best Interests Assessor DoLS BIA 2010
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Approved Social Work PGC ASW 2004
  • Post Qualifying Award in Social Work PQ SW 2003
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA 2015
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice PGHEP 2015


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