MARAC meeting framework
Managing volume is essential (the aim is for each case discussion to last 10 minutes, no more than 15 minutes). This is to allow 15 cases to be discussed at each meeting.
There is minimum review of cases (cases will only be reviewed if there has been another incident – thus MARAC cases must be flagged up to staff who are working directly with the client/child/perpetrator to ensure there is referral back to MARAC if the situation changes or if there is another incident).
Agendas are published onto Modus by the MARAC Adinistrator once the referral is received from an agency.
If a practitioner has immediate concerns for the safety or welfare of a client they should take immediate advice – their local Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit or IDVAservice would be happy to assist.
MARACs currently have voluntary status – they cannot mandate the response but would request that practitioners work towards this a set of guidelines as far as is practicable so that the aim is for a common response. MARAC ask that practitioners attend the MARAC open to the challenge of developing and implementing joint risk management plans with the sole purpose of reducing the risk of death or serious harm to domestic violence victims.
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Agencies attending MARAC should:
- If possible have the same person, preferably a manager who can make decisions, attend the MARAC each month.
- Check the names on the agenda against agency records, asking for updates from those practitioners who are involved in the case.
- If a practitioner has referred a case to be discussed – the practitioner must either fully brief the person who is attending or attend themselves. If this does not happen the case will be deferred to the next MARAC.
- Implement the risk reduction strategies as decided at the MARAC.
- Be aware of the risk definitions used by MARAC appendix A.
- Refer cases to MARAC that agency staff have concerns in relation to.