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About Us

Mark Hatter Associates Limited has been established since 2011, with its Director, Mark Hatter, having initially published a book, The Tales of Bushey Lane and Activity Packs, which was specifically written and illustrated to assist those who work with children and their families, to effectively communicate with children in order to gain a full understanding of their life experiences and to assess the level and quality of the parenting they are receiving. He and his training associates now regularly train social workers, family workers, teachers and early year’s practitioners on the use of the book and activity packs throughout the country.

From its initial business focus the company now provides Health, Social Care and Education professionals working with children and their families an online resource, training and social media platform and an Independent Social Work and Family Support Service. 

Management Team

Mark Hatter, Director

Mark qualified as a Social Worker in 1986 and has extensive experience of working with child protection matters both in the capacity of Senior Social Worker, Child Protection Coordinator and Team Manager. He continues to practice as an Independent Social Worker and is an associate lecturer within the Department of Social Work and Integrated Care at the Buckinghamshire New University.

Book Store

Bushey Lane Books is an independent bookstore specialising in providing books and associated resources that will assist your professional development and practice within your field of work. Please feel free to contact us if you require any assistance or require any further information before deciding to proceed to our checkout.

Training Courses

At Mark Hatter Associates we are able to offer a wide range of in-house and online training courses and events throughout the UK designed to support individual and organisational needs.

Our Training Consultants adhere to the Professional Standards 2014 guidance, they demonstrate throughout their training and practice the professional skills, professional values and attributes and professional knowledge and understanding.  

All our specialist training consultants have at least 5 years’ assessment experience, specialising in a particular field. Our strict recruitment and selection process, ensures that each professional provides full training course profiles, with detailed learning objectives and outcomes, along with their full presentation programme on their specialist course. 

 Our compliance team ensures that all professionals are fully referenced for the previous 5 years and DBS enhanced checks are completed annually. 

 All of our training consultants have been assessed, fully referenced and their qualifications, knowledge and relevant experience validated and verified.  Most of our consultants and their courses are certified with the CPD (Continued Professional Development) Certification Service.

Please contact us to discuss your training needs or event plans. Should you require a bespoke in-house course please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Event & Keynote Speakers

Our associate event and keynote speakers are all recognised experts within their chosen fields and regularly contribute to national and local events and conferences.

Independent Social Work and Family Support Service

We are able to offer a range of community based assessments, parenting programmes and other services focused towards families where child protection concerns exist and where Care Proceedings have commenced or are being considered.

We also offer a child focused assessment service within Private Law Proceedings relating to Residence and Contact Issues where the issues are either complex or highly conflictual.

Our teams of locally based associates include...
Independent Social Workers/Managers/Children’s Guardians
Contact Supervisors who can supervise contact on behalf of the Local Authority
Family Assessment Workers who can assess or work with families in their own homes.

Social media

Here at Mark Hatter Associates we recognise the importance of social care professionals having the opportunity to share their expertise and knowledge with others. We encourage active participation, debate and the opportunity for them to have a voice. We regularly feature articles written by social care professionals and have an increasingly popular twitter feed and blog. We have also launched the Social Worker ASYE support group through Facebook. The group serves to support newly qualified child and family social workers who are in their first year of employment. Members can share their experiences, seek advice and guidance from their peers, contribute to group discussions and be kept informed of current training opportunities. We welcome experienced social workers and managers to join the group who are willing to support their newly qualified colleagues. You can view or join the group at: