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Multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC)

Only practitioners can make a referral into MARAC

Early identification of high risk minimises domestic abuse repeat victimisation.

Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) helps to ensure that high risk victims are supported and better protected from further abuse by a coordinated effort from all agencies and organisations. Local multi-agency partners will meet to discuss the highest risk victims of domestic abuse in the borough. Agencies will agree and undertake actions that form part of an effective safety plan for the victim and the children.

Please note that information and advice aimed at members of the public who are the victim of domestic violence is available on the violence against women and girls page

Why refer to MARAC?

Referring to MARAC enables timely interventions for the purpose of reducing the risk of serious harm or homicide for a victim and to increase the safety and wellbeing of victims-adults and children.

What types of cases are discussed at MARAC?

The types of cases are:

  • Highest risk cases of domestic abuse. The referral criteria for high risk are:
    1. professional judgement where the professional has serious concerns about the victim’s situation,
    2. ‘Visible High Risk’ if you have 14 'yes' ticks in the Community Action Against Domestic Abuse DASH risk identification checklist including extended family violence so called 'honour' based violence,
    3. potential escalation is where there are numerous incidents reported or 3 police call-outs and where there is not a positive identification of a majority of the risk factors but abuse appears to be escalating
    4. the local threshold of 14 ticks in the DASH risk identification checklist.
  • Repeat cases where there are incidents reported within the twelve months when the victim was first discussed at MARAC.

What do I do if I think I have a case for the MARAC?

Only practitioners can make a referral into MARAC. You can complete the Risk Identification Check list that forms part of the

 

Once completed, please return to barnet.marac@hestia.org.cjsm.net by secure mail. If you do not have a secure mail please give Mee Cheuk a call on 07469 851436.

How often does MARAC meet?

The MARAC meets weekly on Wednesdays.

If you would like to attend a MARAC meeting, please contact the MARAC Coordinator using the details above.

Who organises the meetings?

The MARAC Coordinator organises the meetings and is based at Hestia and can be contacted using the details below.

How do I know if the MARAC supports victims properly?

After a case is discussed in MARAC, the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) or the lead agency that supports the victim will feedback the outcome from the MARAC to the victim.

Can I refer a case to MARAC at short notice?

Referrals to MARAC are made every Friday by 12 noon before each MARAC meeting. In circumstances only when a victim is assessed as being 'Very High Risk', and the risk of harm is so imminent that statutory agencies have a duty of care to act at once. With such referrals, the MARAC Coordinator will contact the relevant agencies and make them fully aware of the current situation, and an emergency meeting will be set up as soon as possible.

On referring to MARAC do I need to tell the victim?

Yes, you have to seek consent from the victim when making a referral to MARAC. There are circumstances when you have to make a referral without consent. This is when you make a judgement that the risk to the victim is so high and it is not possible to carry out risk assessment with the victim but you have access to information from other sources such as the Police or supportive members whom the victim had disclosed the abuse.

Can I bring the victim to MARAC?

No, MARAC is strictly for practitioners only.

What other agencies attend MARAC?

Most safeguarding and domestic abuse agencies in the statutory and voluntary sectors such as the police, social care, housing, education, health, IDVA services, probation, CAFCASS and victim support.

MARAC training on how to identify domestic violence high risk victims

MARAC training is available to practitioners in all agencies from the statutory and voluntary sectors within Barnet who have responsibility for safeguarding vulnerable children and adults experiencing domestic violence.

Details about what the training includes along with the dates, times and venue information are shown on the Children's Workforce Development web page.

Information for MARAC representatives

The MARAC representative toolkit is designed to be a guide to clarify the role of a MARAC representative on behalf an agency and is a quick and easy reference tool, particularly when there is a need to trouble shoot practical issues at a MARAC to ensure it focuses on the safety of victims.  
There is also an induction pack for MARAC leads to familiarise themselves with the MARAC process and their expectation at the MARAC meeting. Those new to the MARAC role can arrange a meeting with the MARAC Co-ordinator for an induction session that lasts about 30 minutes.