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The MARAC is a regular meeting (currently every three weeks) of criminal justice agencies, health, child protection, housing practitioners, IDVAs (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) and specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors. This approach is taken because Domestic Abuse is a complex issue requiring a multi agency response.
The meeting shares information on the highest risk cases of domestic abuse to ensure all have a full picture of the situation, and the risks faced by the victims, then draws up a safety plan for each victim, their children and other vulnerable dependants. Victims do not attend meetings; the IDVAs are their representatives.
The meeting is confidential and all attendees are required to sign a confidentiality agreement. All information is kept secure and is not shared with the perpetrator.
If domestic abuse is disclosed, a DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence) risk assessment is completed with the client. It requires no training to complete. If the case meets the criteria level, it is referred to the MARAC. In some cases the completer may determine referral is required based on their professional judgement/experience – it should be discussed with the MARAC Coordinator.
Each agency has a MARAC representative who can advise colleagues on DASH completion, how to make a referral, and the meeting itself. Contact the MARAC Coordinator if you don’t know who your representative is. The role of the MARAC representative is outlined in the document below. Referrals are usually made via an on-line system, Modus.
If you require training about the MARAC process or to use Modus then you can find out more about the current training schedule here. You can also make a booking by contacting the Luton Safeguarding Children Board's Training team on 01582 547555.
The IDVA service is independent, giving assistance and information to those at very high risk from domestic abuse. They support victims and any children involved in a range of activities, such as going to court. All MARAC cases are referred to the IDVA Service.
After the MARAC
After the meeting, the IDVA will normally contact the victim and go through the action plan with them. Help and support agreed can include : having a safety marker put on the victims address; providing extra security measures; help with emergency housing; ensuring schools do not allow children to leave with anyone but the victim; having a professional check on the victims wellbeing.
If the abuse continues, a re-referral can be made. A procedure is also in place if the victim continually refuses to engage with professionals. Contact the MARAC Coordinator for more information.
The charity Safe Lives works in supporting MARACs at a national level.
Home Office guidance on information sharing at MARACs : Striking the Balance
MARAC Coordinator (links to email)
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MARAC Co-ordinator - Deborah Lawson Referrals via secure methods only.Call us Email us
Specialist independent support for children and young people (11-21 years) experiencing domestic abuse in the family or in their own relationships.Call us Email us
Specialist independent support for children and young people (11-21 years) experiencing domestic abuse in the family or in their own relationships in Luton.Call us Email us
Police charity providing service to the vulnerable to improve security in the home. WEF 1st April 15 - The Bobby Scheme can be requested for High Risk MARAC cases only.Call us Email us
Call 101 to report non-emergency crime and other concerns (24 hour service). Your call will be routed to the appropriate team.Call us