The Surrey domestic abuse Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) are risk management meetings where professionals share information on high risk cases of domestic abuse and put in place a risk management plan. The meeting’s aim is to address the safety of the victim, children and agency staff and to review and co-ordinate service provision in high risk domestic abuse cases.
MARACs aim to:
- Share information to increase the safety, health and well-being of victims, including adults and their children
- Determine the level of risk that the perpetrator poses to the victim and associated children, and whether there is any risk to the general public
- Construct and implement a risk management plan that provides professional support to all those at risk and that aims to reduce the future risk of harm
- Reduce repeat victimisation
- Improve agency accountability
- Improve support for staff involved in high risk domestic abuse cases
- Contribute to the development of best practice
- Identify policy issues arising from cases discussed at the MARACs and raise these through the appropriate channels.
In addition, the MARAC meeting will also seek to focus appropriate resources on the needs of the perpetrator with the aim of reducing offending behaviour and supporting the associated criminal justice process as required.
The MARAC is not a public forum and attendance is limited to those agencies that are able to provide a contribution towards the cases considered.
Meetings are held monthly and there is one for each of the police areas in Surrey.
Referral Criteria for the Surrey MARAC
There are currently five criteria for assessing the risk of harm and for referring a case to the MARAC. These are:
- Visible high risk
- Professional judgement
- Potential escalation
- Honour based violence
- Repeat cases.
Referral to the MARAC
Any service agency signed up to the relevant information sharing protocols may refer a case to the MARAC using the Surrey MARAC referral form and all agencies should be actively screening for domestic abuse/violence. Referrals should be submitted to each agency’s MARAC representative.
The representative will then forward the referral to the Surrey Police MARAC Coordinator by the most secure means possible, for inclusion at the next MARAC meeting.
All referrals must be submitted on the Surrey MARAC Referral Form and a SafeLives, (formally known as CAADA), risk indicator checklist (or approved Probation risk tool) should be included where possible. It is best practice to obtain victim consent for the referral.
How to refer
In the first instance it is advisable to telephone one of the Surrey Police MARAC Coordinators who are based in the Safeguarding Hub. They will provide you with guidance and will supply the relevant referral form.
MARAC nationally is overseen by SafeLives (formally known as CAADA).
For further local information on domestic abuse news, events and publicity material across the county please visit the dedicated section of the Surrey County Council website.